The Plenary met briefly at 12:30 pm so that the Spanish Minister of Public Works, Transport and Environment, Jos Borrel Fontelles, could formally introduce the Declaration of Almer�a, the product of the International Symposium on Desertification and Migration. The meeting, which was held from 9-11 February in Almer�a, Spain, addressed the correlation between poverty, desertification and conflict. He urged the Committee to give greater attention to desertification-induced migration at various levels. He also mentioned that representatives from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece recently met to discuss an annex to the Convention for the northern Mediterranean region. A representative of ENDA-TM, on behalf of the NGOs, supported the Almer�a recommendations.