Documents and outputs Preparatory Documents
The 3rd UNCCD international scientific conference on “combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices” will be held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancún (Mexico), during the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Download the conference announcement (available in 6 languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
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- Announcement (6 languages)
The Conference will particularly focus on how to better anticipate the impact of climate change on land degradation and desertification in order to facilitate and promote appropriate adaptation. Adaptation refers to actions taken to ensure that these negative impacts are prevented or minimized, and that both people and ecosystems are equipped to withstand potential damage.
Adaptation strategies involve a range of actions, including behavioural change, technical or hard engineered solutions, such as construction of sea defences or risk management, and development of disaster mitigation strategies such as the establishment of early warning systems. There is growing recognition of the roles that healthy ecosystems can play in adaptation, which are known as ecosystem-based adaptation. These so-called natural solutions are based on sustainable land and water management as well as the restoration of degraded ecosystems. These efforts require investments, partnership, and leadership at all levels, from global policy makers, to community leaders, to scientists and farmers.
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- About the conference (17 june)
The 3rd UNCCD scientific conference aims to attract the widest possible range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge that can be harnessed to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. Potential participants are highly encouraged to submit an extended abstract to the organizing committee to present their work and results in relation to the conference topics. The call for abstract is now open until September 15th, 2014.
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