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Franklin G. Cardy, Director of the Desertification Control PAC at UNEP, spoke on new directions in systematic information collection and analysis for desertification control. He began with his conclusions, including: listen to the clients to determine what information is needed and for what purposes; given the various types of information available, concentrate on what is required to increase efficiency; develop indicators that recognize links between human condition and the environment; develop standardized assessment mixing ground and remote methods; as proposed in 1977, use indigenous knowledge in planning; collect and disseminate successes and their replicability; pay attention to community level information, analysis and feed-back; ensure that provision is made for response to early warnings; strengthen research institutes and information center networks; set time specific goals; and get the information to beneficiaries in ways it can be used.