INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF EXPERTS:
The International Panel of
Experts on Desertification will probably meet in Geneva in late
November or early December. The Panel will most likely focus on
some of the key technical issues such as desertification linkages
to biodiversity, alternative energy, and socio-economic factors.
The Panel has been organized into sub-groups to address these
issues. It is expected that the Panel will submit recommendations
based on this meeting to the Secretariat to aid in the preparation
of the consolidated text, which will serve as the basis of
negotiation in January. Some delegations have expressed concern
regarding the representativity and transparency of the Panel.
Although the experts were chosen directly by the Secretariat on the
basis of their expertise, some delegates suggested that the
Biodiversity Expert Panel is a better model since it provides for
two representatives per region.