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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


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A view of the Cancún Center Conventions & Exhibitions, venue of the events (photo courtesy of the Cancún Center Conventions & Exhibitions)
CST Chair Uriel Safriel declared the CST S-4 meeting closed at 5:11 pm.

On 12 March 2015, the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference convened in the morning to hear keynote presentations on Mexico’s efforts to combat desertification and to consider conclusions from the Conference. Norma Salome Munguia Aldaraca, Director General, Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), Jorge Rescala Perez, Director General, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and Mexico’s UNCCD Focal Point, and Jesus David Gomez Diaz, Mexico’s UNCCD Science and Technology Correspondent, discussed Mexico’s national programmes to monitor and address desertification, land degradation and drought, among other activities. William Payne, SAC Chair, and Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, SAC/SPI, presented the final outcome of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, as contained in document ICCD/CST(S-4)/L.2. Payne noted that the Conference used a “novel, participatory approach” to explore links between biophysical and social systems, with an emphasis on vulnerability. Akhtar-Schuster highlighted policy recommendations, and informed participants that the outcomes would be transmitted to the 12th session of the CST and would be further synthesized by the SPI in a policy brief, which will be finalized in time for UNCCD COP 12 taking place from 12-23 October 2015, in Ankara, Turkey.

Aldrin Martin Perez Marin, Researcher, Research Coordination, National Institute of Semi-Arid (INSA), Brazil and Kherraz Khatim, Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, Tunisia, reported on workshops and respective regional perspectives.

In the afternoon, CST S-4 reconvened to consider the report of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference and the preliminary CST S-4 report. Following an update from the UNCCD Secretariat on progress towards mainstreaming the concept of land degradation neutrality in the context of the SDGs and statements from delegates, the meeting adopted the report of CST S-4. CST Chair Safriel declared the meeting closed at 5:11 pm.


UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

Jesus David Gomez Diaz, Professor, Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh), Science & Technology Correspondent to the UNCCD, Mexico, Norma Salome Munguia Aldaraca, Director General, Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico, Jorge Rescala Perez, Director General, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), UNCCD Focal Point, Mexico, Matthias Magunda, Vice-Chair CST, Uganda

Jorge Rescala Perez, Director General, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), UNCCD Focal Point, Mexico

Norma Salome Munguia Aldaraca, Director General, Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico


Roberto Borge Angulo, Governor, State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, Norma Salome Munguia Aldaraca, Director General, Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico and Jorge Rescala Perez, Director General, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), UNCCD Focal Point, Mexico


Jesus David Gomez Diaz, Professor, Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh), Science & Technology Correspondent to the UNCCD, Mexico

Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), and Coordinator, Advisory Board of DesertNet International , William Payne, Chair, Conference Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), University of Nevada, US, and Bernard Hubert, Chair, Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium, and President, Agropolis International, France


Victor Louro, in conversation during the session

Uriel Safriel, Chair, Committee on Science and Technology, and Klaus Kellner, South Africa

Kherraz Khatim, Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (Tunisia)

Ibrahim Atalay, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, and Ozden Gorucu, Sutcu Imam University, Turkey

 

Delegates from Ukraine


Committee on Science and Technology

Jesus Carrasco Gomez, CONAFOR

Uriel Safriel, Chair, Committee on Science and Technology

 

Nathalie Van Haren, Both ENDS, speaking on behalf of civil society organizations

Saida Caromoto Rivero Sanchez, Venezuela

Around the venue

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Tomasz Chruszczow, Chair, Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Sandra Piesik, Research & Development Group Eco-systems, UK

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Lynn Wagner, IISD RS, Patrice Burger, CARI, and Mark Schauer, Germany

 

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Team from the Sahara and Sahel Observatory

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Aldrin Martin Perez Marin, Researcher, Research Coordination, National Institute of Semi-Arid (Brazil)

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Wagaki Wischnewski, UNCCD Secretariat, and Angeles Estrada Vigil, IISD RS

Jeroen Van Dalen, Katya Arapnakova, Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

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