UNCCD-COP 11 in Namibia, Sept. 2013 (Google / China.org.cn)

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Namibia to host UN desertification meeting

Xinhua, April 27, 2013

Namibia will hold the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) in September this year.

COP 11 is a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) initiative that has 195 members who meet every two years.

This will be the first time COP11 will be held in the Southern African Development Community region since its inception in 1994 to address the management of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub- humid areas with a view to maintain and restore land as well as soil productivity.

Namibia is home to the Namib Desert, the second largest in Africa which stretches for more than 2,000 km along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

The decision to have the conference held in Namibia was made at the 11th session of the UNCCD’s review committee convention held in Bonn, Germany on April 15-19 this year and was confirmed Wednesday in Windhoek by Minister of Environment and Tourism Uahekua Herunga.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.