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First Session of the Committee for the Review
of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC1)

Rome, Italy | 11 - 22 November 2002

Monday 18 |

Delegates to CRIC-1 met in morning and afternoon sessions to begin the wrap up sessions for the Africa and Asia regions.


African wrap-up

During the discussion on the African wrap-up, delegates raised several matters, including:
improving consultative mechanism at the national level;
learning and applying lessons from other countries consultative processes;
building capacity to access GEF funding, designing GEF eligible projects, and developing investment projects that are complementary to the incremental funding of the GEF;
cooperating in joint evaluation measures and the development of country profiles;
supporting NGO involvement, capacity-building, the use of traditional knowledge, and addressing the roles of women and youth;
developing effective indicators to measure progress in public participation;
developing and evaluating pilot activities in relation to incentives and disincentives;
addressing the lack of national level coordination mechanisms;
focusing on legal frameworks at the national level;
strengthening the role of the CST in justifying resource allocations;
prioritizing desertification within the national ministries of finance;
� avoiding duplication between resource mobilization activities of the CCD Secretariat and the GM;
� evaluating the GM�s mandate at COP-6;
� making more effective use of the CST�s recommendations;
� defining the review of the work of the CST at COP-6,
� incorporating technical expert reviews and addressing the role of civil society experts in the CST;
� advocating the use of diversified sources of renewable energy; and
� focusing on the development of socioeconomic indicators.


Asian �wrap-up�

Following the �wrap-up� of Asian presentations, participants raised several issues, including:
� identifying how land tenure systems can facilitate the inclusion of women in combating desertification;
� increasing awareness of the CCD in government bodies;
� streamlining the bilateral system of providing support to affected developing country Parties;
� recognizing Pacific small island States in the Asian Annex to the CCD;
� addressing the practical field experience, difficulties and opportunities in the implementation of TPNs;
� evaluating the performance of TPNs;
� sharing experiences and lessons from domestic resource mobilization initiatives;
� developing training programmes to provide qualified staff for CCD implementation at the regional and national levels;
� creating a balance between process, planning and results in relation to economic and environmental and between socioeconomic and biophysical issues;
� the broadening of TPN-4 to promote water use efficiency for non-agricultural purposes;
� the formulation of an expert group on ecosystem oriented land-use control;
� addressing the impacts of NAPs on human health and food security issues; and
� increasing cooperation with the health sector, by focusing on adaptation and priority prevention measures in high risk countries.


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Links |

Text of the convention and useful information

CCD information on desertification and the Convention

Official Documents of the First Session of the CRIC

Press release on the CRIC

CRIC1 - Tentative Schedule

Adoption of the Agenda and Organization of Work

Arrangements for the First Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention

Linkages desertification issues page and COP-5 summary report.

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