05.03.2013
Age: 4 yrs

Message of the Executive Secretary on the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

Links: http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/science/Message%20of%20the%20UNCCD%20Executive%20Secretary.pdf
12.02.2013
Age: 4 yrs

Notification about the date and venue of the UNCCD subsidiary bodies sessions: CST-S3/Second Scientific Conference and CRIC11

Following consultations held with the COP10 Bureau with respect to the date and venue of the third Special Session of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST S3), the second International Scientific Conference and the...[more]

Following consultations held with the COP10 Bureau with respect to the date and venue of the third Special Session of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST S3), the second International Scientific Conference and the eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC11), the Executive Secretary informed that at this late stage of the process, no further viable option were left but to hold these events in a back to back format during the month of April.

The latest communication received from the Embassy of Brazil in Germany on 31 January 2013 informed that it will not be possible for the government of Brazil to reschedule the above-mentioned events to any date until the end of April 2013, reason for which the Brazilian government sees no other option but to withdraw its offer to hold the above mentioned meetings. The Brazilian authorities further underlined that the government of Brazil would carefully examine any further offer, should the secretariat reconsider the suggested dates and propose new dates from May 2013. 

In view of the severe time constraints faced, and based on the COP Bureau’s authorization to reschedule the UNCCD events under the above revised format in Bonn (Headquarters of the Secretariat) in April 2013, unless an offer is received from a party to host the events at the proposed dates and cover the related costs, the secretariat hereby informs that all necessary steps are being taken to organize these events in Bonn, as follows:

CST S3 and the Second Scientific Conference: 09-12 April 2013

CRIC11: 15-19 April 2013.

Arrangements are also being made to facilitate the organization on 12-13 April of regional meetings preparatory to CRIC 11.

Parties and Stakeholders will soon receive official notifications through the appropriate channels.

01.02.2013
Age: 4 yrs

ELD initiative: Call for existing case studies and call for proposals

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative calls for your possible contributions of case studies for the initiative. The ELD is an initiative for a global study, and aims to make the economics of land degradation an...[more]

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative calls for your possible contributions of case studies for the initiative. The ELD is an initiative for a global study, and aims to make the economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.

The “ELD Call for existing case studies” is a call for descriptions of existing case studies to be referenced on the map on the ELD website and presented at different ELD related fora. The case studies should be linked to the benefits of sustainable land management and/or the costs of land degradation. Deadline: March 15th.

The "ELD Call for proposals" is a call for proposals for new case studies to be commissioned by the ELD initiative. The call for proposal is open to all involved in the economics of land degradation and/or sustainable land management. Deadline: March 31st.

For more information: http://eld-initiative.org/

29.12.2012
Age: 4 yrs

Notification about the Timing of the UNCCD Second Scientific Conference

We very much regret to inform you, Dear Scientists, Speakers, Experts, and Practitioners,  that the timing for the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference could not be held between the 4 and 7 February 2013.   Following the specific...[more]

We very much regret to inform you, Dear Scientists, Speakers, Experts, and Practitioners,  that the timing for the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference could not be held between the 4 and 7 February 2013.  

Following the specific requirements of the Brazilian internal consultation and clearance process, and taking into account the current summer recess of the National Congress, the Brazilian authorities have informed the UNCCD Secretariat on 21 December 2012 that the Third Special Session of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST-S3) and its 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, could not be held during the month of February 2013.

The Brazilian authorities have further notified the UNCCD Secretariat that Brazil will propose new possible dates for the Conference. The UNCCD Secretariat continues its consultations with the Brazilian authorities in order to secure suitable dates as soon as possible.  

Despite this particular situation, we hope that you will be still able to participate and to present your papers and posters. It is through your contributions and participation that the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference will be a success. As soon as known, the new dates will be communicated, and ensuing notifications and invitations letters will be dispatched.

19.06.2012
Age: 5 yrs

Making drylands more resilient with a CASCADE of new research

Catastrophic shifts in drylands: how can we prevent ecosystem degradation?[more]

We already know quite a bit about the coexistence and interdependencies of human communities, animals and plants, but we need to learn more about the thresholds that determine whether or not ecological communities can survive in drylands in the future. Are some types of ecosystem more resilient to change than others? How easily can degraded land be restored? A series of experiments in different sites across European drylands will hopefully provide some answers.

The aims and objectives of the CASCADE (Catastrophic shifts in drylands: how can we prevent ecosystem degradation?) project are to obtain a better understanding of sudden shifts in drylands that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and concomitant ecosystem services. By focusing on drylands, CASCADE will build on existing knowledge regarding shifts in these vulnerable ecosystem and further improve the current understanding of the biogeochemical mechanisms underlying sudden and catastrophic shifts.CASCADE aims to further develop instruments and tools to predict the proximity of dryland ecosystems to thresholds in such a way. These predictions can be used by policy makers and land users alike, for more sustainable management of drylands worldwide. Additionally, an online information system called CASCADIS will be established, providing details about the experiments, the results and the recommendations for preventing ecosystem degradation.

For more information about the CASCADE project please visit http://www.cascade-project.eu/index.php/project-information

25.05.2012
Age: 5 yrs

Website release

Welcome[more]

GRF Davos and UNCCD are pleased to welcome you on the new website of the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference. Information on the conference structure, the conference theme and the organizing committee are now released. Enjoy the visit.