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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

Wednesday 20 | Delegates met in a morning session for the Global Interactive Dialogue and in the afternoon to present statements to the Plenary.

Introducing the Global Interactive Dialogue (GID), CRIC Chair Biaou said that the aim is to give participants an opportunity to stimulate debate and address the main desertification issues in relation to the theme “CCD as a key instrument for sustainable land use and poverty eradication.” He noted that the GID would comprise of three segments: an introduction by the Chairperson of the CRIC; a panel discussion; and an open dialogue among Parties and observers.


Boureima Wankaye (Société Achat Services International) described the initiatives that his company has taken in combating desertification and eradicating poverty through the development, production and marketing of gum acacia. He said the success of his company has had a multiplier affect across the subregional, leading to the development of similar initiatives in Mali, Senegal, and Chad.


Manfred Kern (Bayer CropScience) said that multinational companies can play important roles in assisting in combating desertification and that countries must make efforts to engage and provide incentives to these companies so that private sector tools can be used more extensively to assist in CCD implementation.


Willem van Cotthem, representing the scientific community, advocated complementarity between traditional knowledge and modern technologies and recommended selecting successful case studies to create a widely applicable model to combat desertification.


Philip Dobie (UNDP) highlighted the role that UNDP can play with regard to institutional capacity building and resource mobilization and stressed the need to enhance the integration of NAP-related issues into UNDP programmes.


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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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