The 2017–2018 UNCCD Reporting Process 

 At the thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 13), Parties adopted a new strategic framework for implementing the Convention (decision 7/COP.13). The UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework not only provides guidance to UNCCD Parties on how to implement the Convention, but also serves as a monitoring tool for the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) to assess implementation efforts undertaken by Parties. 

Under the new strategic framework, Parties will report on the progress towards five strategic objectives related to the condition of ecosystems and populations, drought, global environmental benefits and the mobilization of financial and non-financial resources to support the implementation of the Convention. Parties will also share experience narratives on actual implementation efforts related to financial and non-financial resources, policy and planning, and actions on the ground. 

The progress towards the strategic objectives will be measured through indicators. With a view of decreasing the reporting burden, Parties will receive templates prepopulated with default data on the three biophysical indicators (namely trends in land cover, trends in land productivity, and trends in carbon stocks above and below ground) and associated metrics. Information on those indicators will also be used to inform the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) processes and in particular SDG target 15.3. 

For more detailed information, Parties can log on to the PRAIS3 portal using the link provided on the right hand side of the page. 

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PRAIS portal update

The PRAIS portal has been improved to facilitate the 2017-2018 UNCCD reporting process that was launched in December 2017. Parties can log in using their credentials and access interactive reporting templates prepopulated with default data on biophysical indicators and on financial data. In addition, the reporting platform also makes available other reporting tools such as a reporting manual and glossary. 

Reporting templates and reporting tools are available in all UN languages. Please note that while the templates posted on this page are interactive, they do not contain default data which was made available to Parties and designated reporting officers only. The templates posted on this page are therefore aimed to provide a general overview of new UNCCD reporting requirements for the general public. You can access the templates from the menu on the right – please download them first to your computer.

Default data

A new release of the default data for the biophysical indicators covering the period 2000-2015 is available and accessible via the PRAIS 3 portal. Please note that only designated reporting officers have the possibility to access default data through their country space and after log in using their credentials. 

Depending on country-specific circumstances, the interactive reporting template will be prepopulated with default data which are derived from: 

  1. The Status Update Note, for countries that participated in the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) and submitted the note;
  2. The Land Degradation Neutrality report for countries that participated in the LDN Pilot Project and submitted their report (Pilot Countries); 
  3. The default data original release (2000 – 2010) , for countries that participated in the LDN TSP and did not submit the Status Update Note;
  4. The default data new release (2000 – 2015), for countries that did not participate in the LDN TSP.

Capacity building workshops

As part of the Global Support Programme (GSP), capacity building workshops were convened for eligible Parties that belong to regional implementation annexes. 



A separate meeting for Parties not belonging to an annex was convened 2 March 2018 in Brussels.

Timeline of reporting

Timeline of reporting


Upon the conclusion of regional workshops, technical assistance is provided online with the assistance of data consultants. Country Parties are encourages to contact the secretariat either through the dedicated Helpdesk or, alternatively through the dedicated email address