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Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 8)

3-14 September 2007 | Madrid, Spain

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Highlights for Thursday, 6 September 2007

Delegates to UNCCD COP 8 met in morning and afternoon meetings of CRIC 6 and CST 8. The COW met in the afternoon. By the end of the day, four contact groups had been established. The contact group on the ten-year strategic plan met throughout the day, while contact groups on the CRIC and CST commenced in the afternoon. A contact group on the budget was created, but will commence Friday morning.

Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention
Discussion at the dais
Discussion at the dais.
Mohammed Ghanam, Morocco Koffi Yao Bernard, Côte d'Ivoire, called on the international community to help replenish the GEF's funds Israel Tornes, Panama emphasized that GEF funding under the UNCCD is lower than for other conventions.
Mohammed Ghanam, Morocco, emphasized that GEF financing for the UNCCD is insufficient and lower than for other Conventions. Koffi Yao Bernard, Côte d'Ivoire, called on the international community to help replenish the GEF's funds. Israel Tornes, Panama emphasized that GEF funding under the UNCCD is lower than for other conventions.

Left: Koum Sarôn, Cambodia

Right: Kabura Rose, Burundi

The plenary room
Andrea Kutter, GEF Walter Lusigi, GEF Timothy M'mella, Kenya
Andrea Kutter, GEF Walter Lusigi, GEF Timothy M'mella, Kenya
Open-ended Contact Group of the Committee of the Whole

Open-ended Contact Group on the strategic plan

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Committee of the Whole
Bongami Masuku, Swaziland supported the renewal of the CRIC's mandate. Liu Xin, China endorsed making the CRIC a permanent body.
Bongami Masuku, Swaziland supported the renewal of the CRIC's mandate. Liu Xin, China endorsed making the CRIC a permanent body.

Committee of Science and Technology
Mongolia, Mexico and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) presented papers related to the CST's priority theme: the effects of climactic variations and human activities on land degradation. Mongolia, Mexico and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) presented papers related to the CST's priority theme: the effects of climactic variations and human activities on land degradation.
Mongolia, Mexico and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) presented papers related to the CST's priority theme: the effects of climactic variations and human activities on land degradation.
Mongolia, Mexico and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) presented papers related to the CST's priority theme: the effects of climactic variations and human activities on land degradation. Mongolia, Mexico and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) presented papers related to the CST's priority theme: the effects of climactic variations and human activities on land degradation.
Mohamed Ismail, Tunisia Andrés Arnalds, Iceland Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Mohamed Ismail, Tunisia, emphasized the importance of traditional and local knowledge in identifying strategies to combat desertification. Andrés Arnalds, Iceland, reported on the International Forum on Soils, Society and Global Change. Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, said the CST’s and UNCCD’s work must remain country-driven and should not lose sight of budgetary implications.
Guillermo Avanzini Pinto, Peru Koji Hattori, Japan Mario Lagos Subiabre, Chile
Guillermo Avanzini Pinto, Peru Koji Hattori, Japan Mario Lagos Subiabre, Chile

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Around the conference
The location of the COP8
The location of the COP8
Information stands Information stands
Information stands
LR, Markus Staas, Germany; Kunbao Xia, China; Wagaki Mwangi, Kenya; Nancy Williams, US; Lynn Wagner, US; Diego Noguera, Colombia; Alexandra Conliffe, Canada; Vanessa Goad, UK

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L-R, Markus Staas, Germany; Kunbao Xia, China; Wagaki Mwangi, Kenya; Nancy Williams, US; Lynn Wagner, US; Diego Noguera, Colombia; Alexandra Conliffe, Canada; Vanessa Goad, UK

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