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Richard Rowe stressed the need to ensure that the provisions of the Convention are converted into effective and practical action. In Paris, the Australian Treasurer announced a special contribution of up to A$250,000 over several years to combat desertification in Africa. Australia also plans to undertake a joint feasibility study with the World Meteorological Organization for the establishment of a network linking the two drought monitoring centres in Nairobi and Harare with the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development in Niamey.