I am a member of CCD COALITION since the very beginning. My good friend Tanveer ARIF of SCOPE PAKISTAN, representing his NGO at most of the Conferences of Parties of the UNCCD, invited me in 2001 to set up a nice project with the Farmer’s Union of Gadap/Malir (Karachi):
2001-10 : Instead of leaving the tomato plants bend over and many tomatoes touching the soil (dirt, infections,animals), we introduced a simple system with wooden poles and horizontal strings to keep the tomato plants growing vertically (erect).
And then Tanveer ARIF with his friends of SCOPE PAKISTAN created the CCD COALITION. You will find a link to their website under BLOGROLL in the right column of this blog. There you will find the following text:
“This group is created to facilitate the discussion and networking among the stakeholders (Government agencies, NGOs, CSOs, farmers, pastoralists, scientists, donors, media) of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
This is actually a 6 years old list of more than 700 members, which was created on a different website, (i.e. TOPICA) after an international conference on UNCCD, at Islamabad in 1999. Now we have shifted it on YAHOO and inviting members to join here, again. The reason for shfting is that YAHOO groups are user friendly and many many people already have YAHOO IDs, moreover, online members can chat here, post pictures and organize virtual conferences (by using chat facility). We request you to inform your friends about this list to become active members.”
(NOTE: THE PICTURE IS GOLIHIO VILLAGE DISTRICT THARPARKAR WHERE MEN AND WOMEN CELEBRATED WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY BY LEARNING MICRO-SCALE GARDENING AND PLANTATION OF DESERT TREES).