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

12-21 March 2007 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Curtain Raiser
15 March


Highlights for Thursday, 15 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 Thursday, 15 March 2007. During the morning, participants finished the previous day’s discussion on financial resources. They then spent the rest of the day sharing information and discussing measures for the rehabilitation of degraded land. During a trilateral event held at lunch, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay signed an agreement to cooperate in sustainable land management in the Gran Chaco Americano area.

Signing of the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement of the Gran Chaco Americano by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Taiana from Argentina, David Choquehuanca from Bolivia, and Ruben Ramirez from Paraguay.

Financial resources mobilization
Chair Moore opened the floor to finalize the discussion on resources mobilization and coordination left over from Wednesday.


Josef Buys, Belgium, commented that the GEF reform process is very important and suggested that national focal points attend GEF meetings in their countries in preparation for GEF Council meetings.

Michael Andrew, Saint Lucia, asked how to raise funds to address land degradation.
Conrod Hunte, Antigua and Barbuda, asked whether the Global Mechanism is overstepping its mandate.
Giorgio Sfara, Italy.
Zoraida Fajardo Rodriguez, Colombia.
Rosene Reid, Barbados.
Kenneth Roach, Trinidad and Tobago.
Evelyn Chares, representative of community and indigenous agroforestry associations in Central America.
Ricardo Gutierrez Quiroz, Peru.
Ramon Frutos, Belize.
Melchiade Bukuru, Secretariat.
Christian Mersmann, Global Mechanism.
Walter Lusigi, GEF.

Promotion of new and renewable energies
Chair Moore introduced the panel thematic topic on promotion of new and renewable energies.
Anneke Trux, GTZ, urged the UNCCD to intervene in the debate on renewable energies and to advocate the assessment of their risks and benefits for sustainable land management.
Marie-Rose Kabura, Burundi.
Naik Sinukaban, Indonesia.
Joâo Bosco Senra, Brazil.
Wilfredo Alfaro Catalán, Chile.
Charleston Lucas, Barbados.
Carlos Humberto Salazar, El Salvador.
Jorge Arturo Guzman Ortega, Ecuador.
Pablo Osvaldo Canziani, The Holy See.
Maryam Niamir-Fuller, UNDP.
Abdelkader Khelifa, Algeria.
Bulat Bekniyazov, Kazakhstan.
Sanjay Kumar, India.

Panel on sustainable land use management
The Secretariat introduced the topic of sustainable management of land use, particularly of water, soils and vegetation, in affected areas.
Mevlüt Düzgün, Turkey, presented criteria for sustainable land use and rehabilitation of degraded lands in the Northern Mediterranean Region.
Ramón Cardoza Vazquez, Mexico, said that his country has integrated sustainable land management (SLM) with poverty eradication and development programmes.
Uladzimir Sauchanka, Belarus, noted that 21% of his country's territory remains unusable due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, with 1.3 million people living in partially-contaminated lands.
Jack Wilkinson, International Federation of Agricultural Producers, made an emotional appeal for delegates to consider farmers' profit margins as the main driver for SLM.
Liliane Ortega, Switzerland.
Jose Miguel Leiva Perez, Guatemala.
Sonny Mokgwathi, Botswana.

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UNCCD Secretariat
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Review of the First 10 years of the Convention

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Introduction to the Convention to Combat Desertification
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