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FAO's SOLAW report highlights DESIRE approach
Written by Erik van den Elsen   
ImageThe State of Land and Water Resources (SOLAW) is FAO's first flagship publication on the global status of land and water resources. It is an 'advocacy' report, to be published every 3 to 5 years, and targeted at senior level decision makers in agriculture as well as in other sectors. SOLAW is aimed at sensitizing its target audience on the status of land resources at global and regional levels and FAO's viewpoint on appropriate recommendations for policy formulation.

In the first issue of this extensive publication, DESIRE is mentioned explicitly, together with WOCAT and LADA in the so-called DESIRE/WOCAT/LADA approach: this approach is used for assessing the impact of various SLWM (Sustainable Land and Water Management) methods incorporating all-level stakeholder participation.

Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) is needed to improve rural livelihoods and ensure food security worldwide, to prevent further degradation and restore productive, resilient and well-functioning ecosystems.

The SOLAW website van be accessed from the page HERE
Reports are available from the page HERE 
The report containing DESIRE references can be accessed HERE
ref: FAO. 2011. The state of the world's land and water resources for food and agriculture (SOLAW) - Managing systems at risk. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome and Earthscan, London.

UNCCD 2012 Land for Life Award application open
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

ImageNow seeking applications for Land for Life Award!

The UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) issues an Award for innovation and Excellence in sustainable land  management,  particularly  collaborative  efforts  that promote soil health. Applications for the Award are welcomed on the UNCCD Land for Life Award website, until February 29th 2012.


Good news about fighting desertification is that everyone can make a difference, from ordinary individuals and farmers to political leaders, businesses, scientists and media. Through sustainable land management, dry and degraded land can become an asset. There are many ways to support sustainable land management through policy, innovation, changing agricultural practices and education and awareness raising.


Three winners will be selected by an expert jury which will grant awards from a total prize fund of up to USD 100,000. Nominations are welcome from individuals, businesses, research and academic institutions, local governments, journalists and civil society organizations. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2012.


To apply, follow this link:


Note:  The  application  form  and  background  information is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

COP10 in Action!
Written by Erik van den Elsen   
ImageParties to the UNCCD convene for their tenth conference session. The sessions have started last monday in the UNCCD COP10 (Conference of the Parties). Over the next two weeks, they will review their progress in addressing the scourge of desertification. The key outcomes of the Conference, which includes a two-day ministerial segment, include finding agreement on the methodologies to be used to measure the impact being made down to the household level and on land cover.

The DESIRE project is represented by a number of project partners in various sessions and presentations (a.o. CARI and WOCAT), and has prepared a number of documents especially for this COP10 meeting. These documents can be downloaded by clicking the icons on the bottom. 

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