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: A number of governments and organizations have held meetings to discuss technical issues related to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought. The Maghreb Union has held meetings on desertification, drought and food security. Japan, in cooperation with Indonesia and some UN agencies and the Global Coalition for Africa, had held an Asia-Africa Forum aimed at promoting South-South cooperation. Israel held a workshop and seminar related to plant and land sustainability in dryland areas and is planning to hold a seminar on water management. The Russian Federation has planned an international seminar, in September, on combating desertification.

Zambia aims at developing new programmes on range and livestock management and improving the living standards of the local people. In this regard, a workshop involving local communities has been held in one of the target rural communities.