COMBATING DROUGHT, LAND DEGRADATION AND DESERTIFICATION FOR POVERTY REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices
Lieu et date : CANCÚN, MEXICO 9-12 MARCH 2015,
Organisation United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
The Conference will particularly focus on how to better anticipate the impact of climate change on land degradation and desertification in order to facilitate and promote appropriate adaptation. Adaptation refers to actions taken to ensure that these negative impacts are prevented or minimized, and that both people and ecosystems are equipped to withstand potential damage. Adaptation strategies involve a range of actions, including behavioural change, technical or hard engineered solutions, such as construction of sea defences or risk management, and development of disaster mitigation strategies such as the establishment of early warning systems. There is growing recognition of the roles that healthy ecosystems can play in adaptation, which are known as ecosystem-based adaptation. These so-called natural solutions are based on sustainable land and water management as well as the restoration of degraded ecosystems. These efforts require investments, partnership, and leadership at all levels, from global policy makers, to community leaders, to scientists and farmers.
The 3rd UNCCD scientific conference will be held during the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UNCCD.
The conference will address three major challenges :
1. Diagnosis of constraints : How to best characterize and understand the vulnerability and adaptive capacities of ecosystems (in particular agro-ecosystems) and populations in affected regions, including regions newly susceptible to the consequences of climate change ?
2. Responses : How to build efficiently on available knowledge, success stories and lessons learnt to promote implementation of better adapted, knowledge-based practices and technologies ?
3. Monitoring and assessment : What are the new monitoring and assessment methods available to evaluate the effectiveness of these practices and technologies that provide improved insights on whether or how their implementation should be scaled up ?
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