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Scientists and NGO's jointly publish CRIC7 discussion paper PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

International policy makers urged to listen to scientists and local land users to help deserts keep producing food.



Is the UNCCD stuck in a knowledge traffic jam?” is published today by the EU-funded DESIRE project, Drynet and enID, for the CRIC7 meeting (7th meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention) in Istanbul, Turkey, organised by the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification).

The paper is a discussion paper written jointly by partners from the DESIRE, Drynet and eniD networks.

Download the full discussion paper HERE.


DESIRE brings together researchers and NGOs to come up with alternative strategies for the use and protection of vulnerable drylands: Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Prof. Coen Ritsema)
Drynet brings together 14 CSOs to strengthen civil society networks to influence dryland development policies: Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
eniD is the European Networking Initiative on Desertification, a working group of European CSOs working on participatory processes for sustainable dryland development:

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Marie Jose van der Werff ten Bosch) 

International policy makers are being urged to start listening to scientists and local people as they meet in Turkey this week to discuss the future work of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. With increasing concern over global food supplies, there is growing interest in finding ways to maintain food production. This is most challenging in the driest parts of the world that are often most vulnerable to climate change. 

The convention attempts to stop the spread of deserts and degraded land through international action. While it has the potential to provide solutions, it is widely seen as ineffective. One of the reasons why it has been less successful than its sister conventions on climate change and biodiversity, is that it is less well informed by scientific evidence and local knowledge. A partnership of three organisations representing around 100 researchers and members of Civil Society Organisations from around the world today launched a discussion paper in which they propose a range of measures that could enable international policy makers to base their decisions on more sound evidence.

One of the suggestions they make is to establish a scientific panel on desertification like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. There are also calls for policy makers to listen to organisations representing those people affected by desertification. Although the convention tries to involve local people, there are currently few ways in which their voices can be heard at international level. 
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