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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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Wedensday, 3 October 2001
The Committee of the Whole (COW) met in a morning session to consider the review of implementation of the Convention. In the afternoon two open-ended contact groups of the COW met to consider legal matters and the review of CCD implementation, while the contact group on programme and budget met in an evening session. The Committee on Science and Technology (CST) met in morning and afternoon sessions to consider benchmarks and indicators, traditional knowledge, proposals on how to revise the national reports’ help guide, strategies for communication of information, early warning systems and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment


Mohammed Reza Jabbari (right) with Grégoire de Kalbermatten

Participants in the COW
Sushma Choudhary, India, stressed following a thematic approach, with RCUs as a focal point for implementation. Recalling his experience as an AHWG Co-Chair, ARGENTINA stressed the need for instruments and tools that guarantee successful implementation of the CCD, and supported a CRIC

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Sushma Choudhary

Askarn Omar, Morocco

Anatoly Ovchinnikov, Uzbekistan


Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina, noted the importance of broad participation among Parties and progress made, particularly in addressing the fight against poverty within the context of desertification. BENIN proposed translating the report’s recommendations and conclusions into COP decisions

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Left to right: Jan Sheltinga, Ahmed Cissoko, Philbert Brown, Ndegwa Ndiang'ui


Traditional Knowledge CST Chair Philbert Brown, Jamaica, introduced the Italian proposal for the realization of a pilot project of a network of institutions, bodies and experts on Traditional Knowledge. ITALY highlighted the proposal, which focuses on the Mediterranean region and builds on ad hoc panel work. It includes cognitive and operational components and involves, inter alia, developing: structures to increasing information on Traditional Knowledge    and its application; country inventories and mechanisms; indicators on use and loss of Traditional Knowledge; practical ways of drawing on and legally protecting Traditional Knowledge; a pilot network and an interactive, internet-based data bank. The two-year, US$ 1 million project includes symposia and workshops, training courses and video conferencing to enhance dialogue.

Many delegates highlighted Traditional Knowledge    in their countries and initiatives for its gathering, and stressed their interest in being associated with the proposed project. Participants stressed merging Traditional Knowledge with contemporary knowledge and techniques. CANADA stressed inclusion of holders of oral knowledge. GERMANY and IRAN proposed links to existing initiatives

Review of National Reports Help Guide: The Secretariat presented its proposed revisions to the guide, consisting of new remarks, questions and evaluation parameters. Delegates differed in opinion regarding the desired specificity of the guidelines

Early Warning Systems: The Secretariat outlined the history, mandate and key concerns relating to Early Warning Systems (EWSs) and Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Japan), chair of the ad hoc panel to examine EWS, presented the findings of the panel at its meeting in June 2001 in Yamanashi, Japan

Strategies for the Communication of Information and Its Use to Generate Best Practices for Combating Desertification:  The Secretariat presented the two �different but complementary� submissions on this topic by Canada and the OSS. Remarks by the OSS drew attention to weaknesses in the mechanisms of communication, including the format of information and lack of infrastructure in developing countries


Participants in the CST

The EARS display

A display by the GEF and other NGOs

Brahimi Youssef, OSS

Patrick Szell (right) with a member of the Secretariat 

The COW met at 10:00 am and again at 3:00 pm in Conference Room XVIII to consider inter alia, information regarding the financing of CCD implementation by multilateral agencies and institutions, review progress made and results obtained by affected country Parties in CCD implementation, and consider the Global Mechanism�s report on constraints faced by affected country Parties in the implementation of action programmes

Franklin Moore, Chair of the contact group on CRIC

Participants in the CRIC Contact Group


The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment presentation


Dryland Degradation Assessment and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: The Secretariat introduced the document on the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) initiatives.  

Anna Tengberg (UNEP) presented on the status of the LADA � which aims to provide basic standardized information and methodological tools for land degradation assessment at different geographic scales, including assessment of hotspots and bright spots at the national level � noting it is now in its second planning phase and has entered the GEF pipeline. In response to questions from the floor, she said methodologies are still being developed, and a consultative approach will be taken

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