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Rio Conventions Pavilion

13-22 June 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Highlights for the Rio Conventions Pavilion - Sunday, 17 June 2012


The Rio Conventions Pavilion continued on Sunday, 17 June 2012, focusing on the theme of securing healthy soils and stopping land degradation within a generation and global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event commenced with a high-level round table on what sustainable land and soil management can do to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Panels addressed: towards a zero net land and soil degradation world; the Global Soil Partnership; and the economics of land degradation. The day concluded with global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and a Land for Life Award reception.
The Land for Life Award ceremony, presented to SOIL, was headlined by UNCCD Drylands Ambassador and Miss Universe Leila Lopes.
(L-R): Wang Wenbiao, CEO, Elion Group, China; Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador; Leila Lopes, Miss Universe; Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; and UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja.

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Opening of Land Day and Global Observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification


UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja
Yukie Hori, UNCCD Secretariat

Paulo Cabral, Ministry of Environment, Brazil
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja

Participants crowd the Rio Conventions Pavilion for Land Day

What Sustainable Land and Soil Management Can Do to Achieve the MDGs


Panel (L-R): Martin Frik, Ambassador to the UN, Germany; Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA); Alexander Mueller, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; Timo Makela, Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment), European Commission; Mannava Sivakumar, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Jan McAlpine, UNFF.

Panel Chair Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias

Jochen Flasbarth, President, UBA
Kanayo Nwanze, President, IFAD

Alexander Mueller, FAO
Mannava Sivakumar, WMO

(L-R): Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA); Alexander Mueller, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; and Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary.

The panel listens to an intervention from CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias (third from left).

Panel Moderator Martin Frik, Ambassador to the UN, Germany
Jan McAlpine, UNFF

Timo Makela, DG-Environment, European Commission
UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja

(L-R): Mannava Sivakumar, WMO; Kanayo Nwanze, President, IFAD; and Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF.

(L-R): Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; and Timo Makela, DG-Environment, European Commission.

Christine Chemnitz, Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Abdelkader Touzi, Républic Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire
Tanveer Arif, CEO, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE)

Paulo Pedro de Carvalho, CAATINGA
Participant intervening during the session.

Toward a Zero Net Land and Soil Degradation World


Panel (L-R): Dennis Garrity, Executive Board Member, World Agroforestry Council (ICRAF); Jochen Flasbarth, President, UBA; Antonio Magalhães, Chair, UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST); Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; and Veerle Vandeweerd, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Antonio Magalhães, Chair, UNCCD CST
Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP

Panel (L-R): Dennis Garrity, Executive Board Member, World Agroforestry Council (ICRAF); Jochen Flasbarth, President, UBA; Antonio Magalhães, Chair, UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST); Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; and Veerle Vandeweerd, UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Dennis Garrity, Executive Board Member, ICRAF
Panel Moderator Jochen Flasbarth, President, UBA

Global Soil Partnership


Panel (L-R): Alexander Mueller, FAO; Carlos Clérici, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Uruguay; Luca Marmo, DG-Environment, European Commission; Manuel Gerardo Pedro Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, Vice Minister of Environment, Peru; Diana Wall, Colorado State University; and Eugenio González Aguiló, Center for Information on Natural Resources (CIREN), Chile.

Alexander Mueller, FAO
Panel Moderator Luca Marmo, DG-Environment, European Commission

Carlos Clérici, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Uruguay
Diana Wall, Colorado State University

Manuel Gerardo Pedro Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, Vice Minister of Environment, Peru

Moisé Quispe Quispe, Asociación Nacional De Productores Ecológicos del Perú
Luca Montanarella, European Commission

Uriel Safriel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Isreal
Ricardo Padilha de Castro, Brazil

Economics of Land Degradation


Panel (L-R): Luca Montanarella, JRC, European Commission; Blessing Manale, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa; Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat; Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Department of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP; and Kook-Hyun Moon, Chair, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Business Forum.

Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, DEPI, UNEP

Kook-Hyun Moon, Chair, SLM Business Forum
Luca Montanarella, JRC, European Commission, and Blessing Manale, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Discussant Julien Dominic Publio Dias, Cervejaria Grupo Petropolis, Brazil
Discussant Andre Leu, President, IFOAM

Closing Session


UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja called for moving from business as usual to "business unusual."
Luca Marmo, DG-Environment, European Commission and Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat

Around the Conference


Kimo Goree, VP, IISD Reporting Services and Jochen Flasbarth, President, UBA
Joanna Dafoe, IISD Reporting Services, demonstrating
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