In 2013, the Conference of the Parties decided to establish a Science–Policy Interface (SPI) to facilitate a two‐way science–policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy‐relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD). The SPI is composed of 20 members and three observers, who are mostly scientific experts.
The SPI is currently pursuing its work programme assigned for the biennium 2016‐2017. In 2015, the COP decided that the work conducted by the SPI and its overall achievements since its establishment will be reviewed at COP 13 in order to decide on the future functioning of the SPI. In this context, the UNCCD secretariat, with advice from the CST Bureau, commissioned an assessment that will serve as a background for the SPI review at COP 13.
Part of the data collection for the assessment consists of an online survey targeting all UNCCD stakeholders. It is now open for responses in three languages (English, French and Spanish) and can be accessed through the links below. Time that is needed to answering the survey questions is estimated at 5-10 minutes.