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The UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI) was established at COP11 in 2013. The SPI works to translate scientific findings and assessments into policy-relevant recommendations. This includes collaboration with different scientific panels and bodies.  

The SPI produces peer-reviewed technical reports as well as science-policy briefs designed to support policy development. It conducts peer-review of other scientific assessments and science-based communications. The SPI also communicates with the larger scientific community about the UNCCD’s scientific knowledge requirements, and associated policy implications, in order to encourage relevant research. 

The Work Programme of the SPI is determined by the UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST), and the members are selected by the CST Bureau following an open application process. 

Current SPI publications

Drought is a complex phenomenon: its causes are varied, and it has both direct and indirect impacts on food security, human well-being and ecosystem health. Episodes of drought that occur where land has become degraded can spur human migration and even civil unrest…

The report provides an analytical overview of common tools and approaches that are used, or can be used, to support integrated land use planning (ILUP) and integrated landscape management (ILM) and identifies ways in which these tools and approaches can aid in…

Country Parties gathered at the UNCCD COP14 requested that the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI) provide “science- based evidence on the potential contribution of integrated land use planning (ILUP) and integrated landscape management (ILM) to positive…

Science-Policy Interface

The UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI) consists of globally selected independent scientists, regionally nominated independent scientists, policy makers (CST bureau members) and observers.