Fifth Session of the Committee for the Review of the
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 5)

12-21 March 2007 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Curtain Raiser
16 March


Highlights for Friday, 16 March
The fifth session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 5) continued on Friday, 16 March 2007. During the morning, participants completed the previous day’s discussion on sustainable land management (SLM), and addressed early warning systems for mitigating the effects of drought.

Early warning systems


The Secretariat introduced the topic of early warning systems for mitigating the effects of drought.

Naser Moghaddasi, Islamic Republic of Iran, described a study which found that 6.5 million hectares of land in Iran are susceptible to wind erosion.
Maryam Niamir-Fuller, UNDP, presented on rangeland degradation, an important factor contributing to desertification.
Kaoussou Diombera, Guinea-Bissau.
Erdogan Ozevren, Turkey.
Khadija Jarik, Canada.
Antonio Micha Ondo, Ecuatorial Guinea.
Maria Nery Urquiza Rodriguez, Cuba. .
Heruy Asghedom Woldemariam, Eritrea.
Ramón Cardoza, Mexico.
George R. Kafumu, Tanzania.
Walter Reguiero Laxaga, Uruguay, noted his country’s desire to gain access to clean technologies for small and medium-sized producers.
Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina, urged the CST to consider the land degradation and rehabilitation aspects of biofuel production as an immediate priority.
Boundjouw Sama, Togo, asked how to address land degradation in cases where land is privately owned in very small parcels.
Ramon Frutos, Belize.
Uladzimir Sauchanka, Belarus.
Israel Torres, Panama.

In the afternoon, participants addressed access to and promotion of the transfer of technology, knowledge and know-how for combating desertification and/or mitigating the effects of drought

The Secretariat introduced the agenda item.
Participants heard from a number of panelists on country experiences with technology transfer and know-how.
Israel Torres, Panama.
Naik Sinukaban, Indonesia.
Anna Luise, Italy.
Pavol Bielek, Slovakia.
Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt.
Luca Montanarella, European Community.
Zoraida Fajardo Rodriguez, Colombia.
Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani and Farhat Ayesha, Pakistan.
Abdelkader Khelifa, Algeria.
Maria Esther Bondanza, Argentina.

SIDE EVENT: UNCCD Implementation: The Brazilian Experience
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