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Ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 9)

21 September - 2 October 2009 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Highlights for Wednesday, 23 September 2009

On the third day of UNCCD COP 9, delegates convened in the CRIC and the first Scientific Conference.The CRIC discussed the workplans of the Convention's various bodies, financing of the Convention's implementation by multilateral agencies, and institutions and procedures for communication. The Scientific Conference heard presentations by two of the three working groups of the Dryland Science for Development Consortium. By the end of the day, contact groups on the JIU Assessment of the GM, the CRIC and the CST had commenced consideration of issues on their respective bodies’ agendas.

Santiago Calatrava's Puente De La Mujer (Bridge Of The Woman) is the architect's only work in South America. The bridge is abstractly meant to illustrate a couple dancing Tango, the man towering over the woman who is leaning back horizontally. 

 
Daily Highlights
Monday, 21 September - Tuesday, 22 September - Wednesday, 23 September - Thursday, 24 September - Friday, 25 September
Monday, 28 September - Tuesday, 29 September - Wednesday, 30 September - Thursday, 1 October - Friday, 2 October

Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention

Kelly Milton, United States
Mohamed Bakarr, GEF
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
CRIC Chair Israel Torres opened CRIC 9

UNCCD Scientific Conference

Report of DSD Working Group I
Integrated methods for monitoring and assessment (M&A) of desertification/land degradation processes and drivers

Charles Hutchinson, moderator of the session on Working Group I’s work, presented an overview of the Group's activities.
Youba Sokona, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, presented on “Highlights of policy-relevant aspects.”
James Reynolds, Duke University, presented on “Integrated science-based framework for monitoring and assessing desertification/land degradation processes and drivers.”

Executive Secretary Gnacadja greeted participants and highlighted the need for a focused scientific research programme on desertification to bring attention to the UNCCD.

Report on DSD Working Group II
Monitoring and Assessing (M&A)Land Rehabilitation and Sustainable Land Management Efforts
Pedro Machado, EMBRAPA, presented on a land use and land management change framework for SLM, scientific methods for M&A of SLM and on factors of SLM.
Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, talked about indirect methods for M&A of SLM, and stressed the importance of coordination among the three Rio conventions.
Michaela Buenemann, New Mexico State University, explained the role of Geographic Information Science and Technology for M&A of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and for integrating different data sets.

The main committee room was full of scientists.

 
Guido Soto, CAZALAC
Hanspeter Liniger, WOCAT, presented on “Key concepts and issues in sustainable land management monitoring and assessment.”
 
Side Event: Runing Dry? Climate Change in drylands and how to cope with it, organized by the GTZ
 
Mary Seely, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia
Side Event: Desertification and Climate Change: Financial Options and institutional opportunities within the international framework organized by UNCCD/World Bank/GEF/Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina
 
Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina and President of COP 9 opened, a well-attended side event on Desertification and Climate Change
Side Event: Desertification and Rural Poverty: Is Improved Land Governance Essential? organized by ILC/Scope DDC/GM/IFAD/UNCCD
Madiodio Niasse, ILC Director
The International Land Coalition (ILC) discussed the critical need to improve land governance to reduce land degradation and poverty.
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Daily Highlights
Monday, 21 September - Tuesday, 22 September - Wednesday, 23 September - Thursday, 24 September - Friday, 25 September
Monday, 28 September - Tuesday, 29 September - Wednesday, 30 September - Thursday, 1 October - Friday, 2 October
Related Links

UNCCD resources
UNCCD website
UNCCD COP 9 homepage
UNCCD COP 9 agenda
UNCCD COP 9 official documents
UNCCD Global Mechanism

Global Environment Facility (GEF) resource
GEF website

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST 1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
IISD RS coverage of the UNCCD High-Level Policy Dialogue, 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 8, 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
IISD RS summary of the First Extraordinary Session of the COP, 26 November 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, US (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CRIC 5, 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 7, 17-28 October 2005, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS “Linkages” archive of desertification meetings
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
African Regional Coverage

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