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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, Third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) and Eleventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11)

9-19 April 2013 | Bonn, Germany

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Second Scientific Conference, CST-3 and CRIC 11

Highlights for Thursday, 18 April 2013
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Panel on Identification of Recommended Databases of Best Practices. L-R: Herve Trebossen, OSS; Pietro Laureano, IPOGEA; Emmanuel Seck, ENDA; Sally Bunning, FAO; Mary Rowen, Chair, CRIC; Radhika Ochalik, UNCCD Secretariat; Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat; and Hanspeter Liniger, WOCAT.
Discussions at CRIC 11 opened on Thursday morning with a plenary discussion on enhancing information sharing on best practices in implementing the Convention. Two panel discussions took place in the morning on the theme “Is information on best practices really accessible?” The first panel, moderated by Sally Bunning, FAO, addressed “Identification of recommended databases of best practices,” and featured the five organizations chosen as fitting the criteria in a call of expressions of interest in supporting CRIC in the compilation and dissemination of best practices on SLM technologies, including adaptation, and on funding and resource mobilization: the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS); IPOGEA Traditional Knowledge Research Centre; ENDA Tiers Monde; UNEP; and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT). The presentations by the five organizations about the comparative advantages of their approach to collecting and disseminating best practices was followed by statements and questions from Parties.

The second morning panel, on “Policy framework for data access,” moderated by Amy Heyman and Fabio Grita of FAO, featured presentations by the CBD and UNFCCC on their data access policies and practices. In the discussion that followed delegates asked about how the CBD and UNFCCC handle confidentiality, intellectual property protection for traditional knowledge, data quality and accuracy, and the possibility and advantages and disadvantages of creating a common database for CBD, CCD and UNFCCC.

In the afternoon CRIC turned to the preliminary analysis of information contained in reports relating to operational objective 3 of the Strategy. A session on “Constraints and opportunities for the implementation of DLDD national monitoring systems,” moderated by Asghar Fazel, UNEP, featured a presentation by Adamou Bouhari, UNEP on the “Supporting common environmental information systems for the three Rio conventions: The FNR project experience.” This was followed by an interactive discussion on the issue between Bouhari and delegates.

During the final half of the afternoon session the CRIC opened general discussion on improving the procedures for the communication of information as well as the quality and format of reports to be submitted to the COP.

Closing the session, Chair Rowen announced that the second and third informal sessions to discuss the outcome document would take place during the lunch break and in the evening.
Panel on Constraints and Opportunities for the Implementation of DLDD National Monitoring Systems. Adamou Bouhari, UNEP, presents on “Supporting common environmental information systems for the three Rio conventions: The FNR project experience.”

On Wednesday evening delegates attended a reception hosted by the City of Bonn and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.

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Related Links
UNCCD resources

*Second Scientific Conference website

*Second Scientific Conference programme

*Second Scientific Conference documents

*CST S-3 website

*CST S-3 documents

*CST S-3 provisional agenda

*CRIC 11 website

*CRIC 11 documents

*CRIC 11 provisional agenda


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UNCCD, 10-21 October 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea

*IISD RS summary of the Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UNCCD and CRIC 9, 16-18 and 21-25 February 2011, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS coverage of the 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

*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST S-1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of desertification negotiations

*LAND-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues

*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Sustainable Land

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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