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The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) for the Convention to Combat Desertification

Geneva, Switzerland, 1-12 October 2001

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Ahmed Cissoko


Thursday, 4 October 2001
The Committee on Science and Technology met in morning and afternoon sessions and considered benchmarks and indicators, future work programme of the CST, and adopted draft decisions relating to most agenda items considered during its session that will be transmitted to the COP. The Committee of the Whole met in the afternoon and considered the review of available information regarding CCD financing and progress made by affected countries in CCD implementation, and adjourned early to pave way for contact group meetings on legal matters and the committee on the review of implementation. The contact group on programme and budget met in an evening session



Willem van Cotthem, Belgium, Beau McClure, USA and Helmut Wöhl, Principal Technical Advisor for Rural Development, GTZ, Germany

Delegates in discussion before the CST


Willem van Cotthem, Belgium, Beau McClure, USA and Helmut Wöhl, GTZ

Benchmarks and Indicators: Discussion of this issue commenced with statements by delegates. Parties commended CILSS and OSS on their work, and ETHIOPIA, CHILE and ZAMBIA expressed interest in promoting similar initiatives in their own regions

Delegates noted the need for national capacity building, financial support, attention from decision makers, harmonization between actors, coordination and decentralization of data, strengthened regional cooperation, civil society indicators and involvement, and information-sharing mechanisms

Future work programme of the CST: The Secretariat recalled a COP decision stating that each CST session consider a priority item and delegates discussed possible topics for the next CST session. NAMIBIA highlighted proposals on, inter alia, new and renewable energy and promotion of alternative livelihoods. The EU, with wide support from other participants, suggested the topic of land degradation, which triggered discussion of the concept’s definition and relation to desertification. ISRAEL noted links between land degradation and unsustainable pastoralist and agricultural practices and supported focusing on alternative livelihoods

Delegates turned to the work programme for a smaller group of experts, to be established under the CST. Delegates noted the subject must emanate from national reports, but felt precise a definition for the work was premature. MOZAMBIQUE questioned whether the Group of Experts should focus on the same topic as had been defined for the CST for the next year, but the Secretariat noted their different mandates and time spans

Drafting of the Report to the Conference of the Parties: The CST considered and adopted draft decisions to be transmitted to the COP relating to most agenda items the CST had considered during its session (ICCD/COP(5)/L. 1-7). The decisions cover: survey and evaluation of existing networks, institutions, agencies and bodies; roster of independent experts; review and implementation of scientific and technological aspects of national reports; traditional knowledge; early warning systems; the Dryland Degradation Assessment and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the CST

Ndegwa Ndiang'ui

Mohammed Reza Jabbari

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Delegates confer during a break in the CST


In the morning regional groups met to consult on issues under consideration by the COW contact groups

The Africa Group


Interparliamentary Round Table


The two-day interparliamentary Round Table got off to a good start. Attended by over 30 parliamentarians from around the world. Within the overall COP-5 theme of poverty, sustainable development and desertification, the Round Table’s discussion focused on synergies between the CCD and other Conventions, and on Friday will discuss GEF as the CCD financing mechanism. The Round Table is expected to prepare and present its draft declaration to the COP on Friday

 Interparliamentary Round Table


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Delegates in the 
Interparliamentary Round Table


Langes Sitaubi, Malawi


Review of available information regarding CCD financing: CCD Executive Secretary Diallo introduced the report. He highlighted follow-up decisions taken at the November 2000 GEF Council and CCD COP-4, and reported on the follow-up action to the May 2001 GEF Council decisions, which agreed that designating land degradation as a focal area should be pursued as a means for enhancing GEF support for CCD implementation. He also requested the preparation of a detailed note elaborating the modalities for designating land degradation as a GEF focal area for consideration at the GEF Council’s December 2001 meeting and October 2002 Assembly

The G-77/CHINA, along with GRULAC, MAURITANIA, CUBA, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, HONDURAS, MALAWI, LIBYA, COSTA RICA, MALI, THE BAHAMAS, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, MEXICO, URUGUAY, and others, stressed the need to designate the GEF as the main CCD financial mechanism for implementation. NEPAL, ZIMBABWE, MOROCCO and others expressed hope that future GEF funding would be instrumental in implementing NAPs. ARGENTINA, TUNISIA, and others said GEF funding should be on the same footing as other environmental conventions, such as Climate Change and Biodiversity

Listen to the RealAudio - Benin

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Progress made by affected country parties in CCD implementation: The Secretariat presented its report, containing a non-exhaustive account of its support upon request from country parties, to national, subregional and regional processes including, initiating partnership agreements, assisting selected subregional initiatives that enhance transboundary cooperation and the convening of a consultative process to conclude partnership agreements. He drew attention to the complementary information report. MOROCCO and TUNISIA suggested updating the report to cover all activities before the COP


Franklin Moore, Chair of the contact group on CRIC

The contact group on the CRIC met briefly and agreed that regional groups should submit their views in writing to enable the preparation of a draft document that would serve as a basis for discussion on Friday. The draft document is expected to contain an introduction and the regional positions. The three broad preferences on the CRIC are: as with other conventions, a fully-fledged intersessional body to review implementation and address all aspects of the process; a body that is limited both in its scope of review and time, and possibly a reformed CST to carry out this review function; and an intersessional body whose permanence or ad hoc nature is still undetermined

Delegates congregating outside the CST meeting hall at the end of the days session


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