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Fourth Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) and
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

9-12 March 2015 | Cancún, Mexico


Highlights for Wednesday, 11 March 2015

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A view of the Cancún Center Conventions & Exhibitions, venue of the events (photo courtesy of the Cancún Center Conventions & Exhibitions)

Pier Paolo Roggero, DesertNet International, moderating the parallel session on monitoring and assessing processes of degradation

On Wednesday, 11 March 2015, the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference considered the topic of “Monitoring and Assessment: How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Adaptation Interventions” during the morning. Tao Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and SAC/SPI Member, chaired the discussion of this topic, which involved a keynote address by Elena Maria Abraham, Director, Argentine Dryland Research Institute (IADIZA), and five parallel workshops. Abraham said the objective is to assess the adaptive capacities and resilience of affected ecosystems. Stressing that no single tool, indicator or analytical model can reliably measure the complexity of links between climate change and land degradation, she noted the importance of integrating outcome-oriented methodologies with context-oriented methodologies through knowledge co-production processes. The workshops addressed: indicators; remote-sensing and mapping; drought, water, hydrology; sustainable land management/land degradation neutrality; and processes of degradation.

CST Chair Uriel Safriel chaired an afternoon session during which three speakers discussed linkages and the possibilities for synergies with other multilateral environmental agreement processes. Graham Von Maltitz, Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa, via skype, provided an overview of the progress on the proposed land degradation and restoration assessment to be undertaken by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair, Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), discussed the institutional structure for addressing climate change and noted entry points for synergies with the UNCCD. Graciela Metternicht, Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, discussed some governance, research and operational “imperatives” for improved synergies among the Rio Conventions. Also on Wednesday, six side events convened.


UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

Tao Wang, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), Director and Research Professor, Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Elena Maria Abraham, Director, Argentine Dryland Research Institute (IADIZA), National Scientific and Technical Research

Mohamed Qarro, Morocco

Sahibzada Irfanullah Khan, Pakistan

Anibal Coni, LADIZA

Immo Fiebrig, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, University of Coventry, UK



Workshop 3.1: Indicators


Juan Luis Merega, Fundacion del Sur and Octavio Perez Pardo, College of Agricultural Engineering of Santiago del Estero, Argentina

Jeff Herrick, US Department of Agriculture, facilitated the workshop, and Alan Grainger, University of Leeds, served as rapporteur

Reynaldo Pascual Ramirez, Ana Huaico Malhue, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and Raquel Vargas, (CONAGUA)

Octavio Perez Pardo, College of Agricultural Engineering of Santiago del Estero, Argentina


Workshop 3.2: Remote-sensing and mapping

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Richard Escadafal, Vice-Chair, President of the Comité scientifique français de la désertification (CSFD), Montpellier, France, and Stefan Sommer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

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Richard Escadafal, Vice-Chair, President of the Comité scientifique français de la désertification (CSFD), Montpellier, France, and Stefan Sommer, Joint Research Center, European Commission


Workshop 3.3: Drought, water, hydrology

 

 


Workshop 3.4: Sustainable land management / Land degradation neutrality

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Regina Zavaleta, BIOFOVO

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Rapporteurs Wafa Essahli, DesertNet International and Sahibzada Irfanullah Khan, Pakistan

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Candelario Aleman Garcia, Centro de Informacion y Gestion Ambiental, Cuba

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Ozden Gorucu, Sutcu Imam University, Turkey

Workshop 3.5: Processes of degradation

Robert Washington-Allen, University of Tennessee, US, presents an analysis of dryland degradation in the US based on remote sensing data 


Synergies between the three Rio Conventions

Graham Von Maltitz, Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa, presenting a keynote address via Skype

Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil

Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair, Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Dmitry Maksimychev, Russian Federation

CST Chair Uriel Safriel, Emeritus Professor of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Peter van der Vliet, Netherlands

Graciela Metternicht, University of New South Wales, Australia

Side Events

L-R: Deborah O’Connell, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); Annette Cowie, University of New England, Australia; UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut; and Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair, Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Participants attending the side event on "The quest for resilience indicators: A Resielience Assessment Framework" organized by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF/STAP) and the University of New South Wales, Australia

Side event on "A Knowledge Management Platform Goes New" organized by World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies/Centre for Development and Environment, (WOCAT/CDE) and the University of Bern

Side event on "Linking science and economics: Maximizing technological uptake for widespread impact on land degradation" organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


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