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A number of other issues were commented on during the course of the debate. Uzbekistan mentioned the importance of addressing transboundary use of water resources in the Convention and IGADD stressed the importance of water resources development. Argentina, Burkina Faso and the WMO mentioned that the promotion of alternative energies is important in combatting desertification. WMO, UNSO and IGADD said that the convention should provide mechanisms to strengthen capacities to deal with drought. Austria mentioned the issue of environmental refugees and Peru mentioned problems caused by out-migration. Italy and Austria mentioned the importance of the section on dispute settlement mechanisms.