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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Highlights for Monday, 19 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 Monday, 19 March 2007. During the morning, delegates completed Friday's discussion on access to technology and know-how. Throughout the rest of the day they addressed linkages and synergies with other environmental conventions, and drought and desertification monitoring and assessment. In the evening a Friends of the Chair group met to discuss the report of CRIC 5 to the eighth session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP 8).


Alejandro Leon, Chile, on behalf of the Group of Experts Chair David Mouat, presented on national reports submitted by country parties.
Viorel Blujdea, newly-elected Chair of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST), reported on the nomination of science and technology correspondents.
Kaoussou Diombera, Guinea-Bissau.
Felipe Ferreira, Brazil.
Bongani Masuku, Swaziland.
Kubanychbek Kulov, Kyrgyzstan.
Pablo Viegas Aurelio, Argentina.
Godwin Fishani Gondwe, Zimbabwe.
Xiaoxia Jia, China.

The Secretariat introduced thematic topic 4 on linkages and synergies with other environmental conventions and, as appropriate, with national development strategies, requesting parties to comment on measures to improve synergies between the Rio Conventions.

Uriel Safriel, Israel, noted that not all linkages entail synergies, and highlighted the need for further research on the topic.
Conrod Hunte, Antigua and Barbuda, noted the need for national governments to implement the various conventions' mandates in a holistic manner.
Tariquil Islam, Bangladesh, identified cross-cutting issues among different conventions, as well as constraints to making use of synergies.
Ivana Bikova, Czech Republic.
Ricardo Gutierrez Quiroz, Peru.
Zoraida Fajardo Rodriguez, Colombia.
Marie-Rose Kabura, Burundi.
Delphine Bernadette Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso.
Hassane Saley, Niger.
Jorge Luis Gracia Rodriguez, Mexico.
Christopher Braeuel, Canada.
Ramon Frutos, Belize.
Maria Mbengashe, South Africa.
Yao Bernard Koffi, Côte d'Ivoire.
Giselle Beja Valent, Uruguay.
Eleanore Fox, United States.
Hamda Aloui, Tunisia.
Josef Buys, Belgium.
Silvia Picchioni, ASPAN.

The Secretariat introduced thematic topic 6 on drought and desertification monitoring and assessment, noting the need for harmonized benchmarks, methodologies and indicators for monitoring drought and its impacts.

Chunlin Zang, China, outlined his country’s system to monitor the status and trends of desertification as a basis for decision making.
Wilfredo Alfaro Catalán, Chile,  said that in addition to monitoring drought, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of responses to drought.
Robert Stefanski, WMO, emphasized that causes of droughts can be meteorological, agricultural or hydrological and each needs a separate set of indicators.
Giorgi Kolbin, Georgia,  proposed the establishment of a drought management center for the Transcaucasus to provide timely information to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Friends of the Chair group
An open-ended Friends of the Chair group convened in the evening to work on the draft report of CRIC 5 to COP 8.



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