Fifth Session of the Committee for the Review of the
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 5)

12-21 March 2007 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Daily Web Coverage
Curtain Raiser
13 March

Highlights for Tuesday, 13 March
The fifth session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 5) continued on Tuesday, 13 March 2007.

During the morning delegates heard presentations and discussed and shared national experiences on legislative and institutional frameworks or arrangements


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Panel presentations and discussion on thematic topic 2:
Legislative and institutional frameworks or arrangements

Rui Zheng, Secretariat, emphasized that National Coordination Bodies (NCBs) must have the mandate to coordinate national level activities in a concerted manner.
Sudhir Mital, India, provided an overview of relevant legislative and institutional frameworks in his country.
Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina, described seven strategic alliances enacted by his country under its National Action Programme (NAP).
Sajmir Hoxha, Albania, commented on his country's strengthening of legislation on land management and on the adoption of integrated river basin management strategies.
Ashot Vardevanyan, Armenia, introduced his country’s regulations on land management, including the Land Code enacted in 2001, the 2002 NAP and the establishment of two national parks.
Kaoussou Diombera, Guinea-Bissau.
Xiaoxia Jia, China.
Israel Torres, Panama.
Wilfredo Alfaro Catalán, Chile, argued that parties should first examine existing legislation before developing major new legislation to address sustainable land management.
Marco Morettini, European Commission, said land tenure issues should be properly addressed within the Convention.
Joao Bosco Senra, Brazil, stressed the importance of changing the mindset of banks and funding bodies as well as local people.
Yao Bernard Koffi, Côte d'Ivoire.
Anselm Duchrow, Germany.
Uriel Safriel, Israel.

Improving information communication and national reports

In the afternoon, delegates considered ways and means to improve procedures for information communication and national reports. Discussions were based on information compiled by the Secretariat, which will be further considered at the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on national reports to be held on the margins of CRIC on Saturday, 17 March.

Massimo Candelori,Secretariat.
Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism, reiterated the need to improve national reporting and obtain more accurate financial information.
The Dominican Republic applauded the improved format for preparing draft national reports for CRIC 5.
Faaioino Laulala, Samoa, for the Asia-Pacific Region, encouraged the Secretariat to offer training sessions to facilitate a common understanding of reporting procedures.
Maria Nery Urquiza Rodriguez, Cuba.
Farhat Ayesha, Pakistan.
CRIC 5 Chair Moore.
Giselle Beja Valent, Uruguay.
Raed Bani Hani, Jordan.
Bongani Masuku, Swaziland, expressed concern on time constraints for the work of the AHWG on national reports.

Related Links

UNCCD Secretariat
Session documents
GEF Secretariat
Review of the First 10 years of the Convention
Global Mechanism

IISD RS Resources
Introduction to the Convention to Combat Desertification
Coverage of previous UNCCD COPs, CRIC and other related meetings by IISD-RS
Linkages Update
African Regional Coverage


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