Combating drought, land degradation and desertification
for poverty reduction and sustainable development

The contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices 

9-12 march 2015, Cancún, Mexico

Combating drought, land degradation and desertification for poverty reduction and sustainable development

The contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices 

9-12 march 2015, Cancún, Mexico

9-12 March 2015

Cancún, Mexico

9-12 March 2015

Cancún, Mexico

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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.

 Registration to the conference is now closed.

For any information or late registration, please contact directly the conference secretariat:

Please note that it takes time to deliver visa invitation letters and to request for a visa for Mexico. For participants who need for a visa, registration is not possible anymore.

  The conference is free of charges.

 Submit your poster (only for authors of accepted abstracts)

  From To
Call for extended abstracts and online abstract submission 15 May 2014 28 September 2014
Notification of abstract acceptance to authors 15 November 2014 30 November 2014
Online registration for conference attendance 15 November 2014 12 January 2015
Online poster submission 15 November 2014 28 February 2015

Posters should be 70 cm x 100 cm in size, with portrait orientation and contain the following information:

  • Logo, title, date and place of the conference as dispayed in the template
  • Title of your contribution
  • Authors, affiliations and contacts
  • Rationale
  • Methods used and partnership set up
  • Results  
  • Outcomes
  • Acknowledgements, if any
  • Illustrations (table, graph, photo, etc.) with legends
  • References

Download the template and submit your poster.

 Download the guidelines for authors of accepted abstracts  Download the template for poster presentation
 Submit your poster

 Practical information


The conference will be held at Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions, in Cancun, located at:

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
Zona Hotelera
77500 Cancun
Quintana Roo

Tel.: + 52 998 881 0400
Fax: + 52 998 881 0402


How to reach the venue?

••• Flights

Cancun International Airport (CUN) is one of the busiest airports in the region. Major international airlines as well as charter airlines have direct or connecting flights to Cancun every day.

Cancun International Airport is located about 25 minutes from the city of Cancun. Transportation options for participants arriving at this airport include: local city buses, hotel shared shuttles, taxi, etc., to the Cancun hotels area.

Taxis are located just outside both terminals of Cancun International Airport; tickets can be purchased inside at the baggage claim area or outside. A one-way journey to the city costs around 550 Mexican pesos (USD 50). Within the airport, there are ATMs of the major Mexican banks, some of which allow cash withdraws with international cards.

A dedicated UNCCD 3rd scientific conference information counter will be set up by the organizers at Cancun International Airport (arrivals area). Volunteers will assist participants with transportation information or other inquiries they may have.

••• Car rental - Cancun International Airpor

Cancun International Airport has the largest car rental location in the area, with most of the major car rental companies located within the grounds of the airport. Information on services, rates and availability may be obtained by telephoning the Car Rental Customer Service on the following numbers:

From the United States of America and Canada (toll free): 1 888 414 0017
International direct dialling: + 52 998 848 0335
From Mexico: 01 800 822 7116

••• How to reach Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions

Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions is located approximately 9.5 km from Cancun city centre and 18 km from Cancun International Airport. Within a few minutes walking distance, participants can find restaurants, convenience stores, drugstores, banks and other services.

General information about the conference venue

••• Information about Cancun

Useful information about Cancun, including hotel accommodation, transport and other facilities, can be found at the following website:

••• Currency

The national currency is the Mexican peso, with the currency code MXN and the currency symbol $. United States dollars are also widely accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and currency exchange houses that are open much later can be found all over Cancun. Exchange rates are as follows:
USD 1 = approximately MXN 13.4
EUR 1 = approximately MXN 16.8

••• Weather

The weather slowly begins to warm up in Cancun in March, when the average temperature is around 25 °C, with highs of up to 29 °C and lows of 22 °C.

••• Electricity

The standard Cancun electricity supply is 110 volts. Hotels usually offer voltage converters for 220 volt devices. Many sockets do not accept polarized or three-prong plugs so it is recommended that you bring your own adapter. They can usually also be bought in the hotel shop.

••• Local time

Cancun time zone is six hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

••• Business hours

Banks: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to p.m. / Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (not all banks) / Sundays and national holidays: closed
Government offices and organizations: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Weekends and national holidays: closed
Post offices: Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon / Sundays and national holidays: closed
Department stores: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies between stores)

••• Taxes

Value added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 16 per cent. Visitors to Mexico may be able to get a refund of the Mexico VAT paid on any goods bought for deportation. To get a VAT refund, receipts for the goods purchased (and possibly proof of deportation of the goods) should be presented at a Mexico VAT refund station (which are often found in airports, tourist offices or international travel hubs).

Travel information

Further information on travel and tourism in Mexico is available in eight languages at:  
Further information on the conference is available on the UNCCD home page:

Hotel accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements, and are encouraged to finalize their booking and payment as early as possible. The following hotels are offering a special rate for participants, according to availability; the code “UNCCD” should be mentioned when making reservations:

Aloft Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
MZ 48 L-8-1, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
77500, Mexico

Tel.: + 52 998 848 9900

E-mail: ;

Krystal Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
Lotes 9 y 9 A, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
77500, Mexico
Tel.: + 52 998 848-9800
Fax: + 52 998 848-9813
E-mail: ;

Krystal Grand Punta Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 8.5
MZ 51 L-8, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
77500, México
Tel.: + 52 998 891 5555
Reservations: + 52 998 883 1438
E-mail: ;

For other hotel options, please visit the website

Participants are advised to stay in hotels that are within or close to the Hotel Zone. Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions is located approximately 9.5 km from Cancun city centre. Taxi fees from Cancun city centre to Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions are approximately 250 Mexican pesos (USD 20) per ride. Public transportation is available at 9.50 Mexican pesos (USD 0.70) per ride.

Visa regulations

Visa invitation letters will be sent to registered participants by the UNCCD Secretariat in the coming weeks.

The Government of Mexico encourages participants to apply for their visa as early as possible through their nearest Mexican embassy or consulate. The visa has always to be applied for by the person who intends to travel. Please note that in most embassies appointments are necessary to file the application

Further information on the procedure and details of the documents to be presented are available on the website of the competent Mexican embassy or consulate.

In addition, a table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Mexico may be found on the website of the National Immigration Institute of Mexico.

Countries whose citizens REQUIRE visas:
Countries whose citizens DO NOT REQUIRE visas:

Citizens of countries that require visas to travel to Mexico will not be required to process a visa if presenting one of the following documents at the port of entry:
(a) Document certifying permanent residence in Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any country member of the Schengen Area;
(b) Valid visa of the United States;
(c) APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) approved by Mexico.