The conference is expected to contribute to the combat against desertification and land degradation and address the impact of drought through delivering the following outcomes:
- Better anticipation and prevention of the impact of climate change on land degradation and desertification through capacity building;
- Identification and promotion of sustainable and adaptive methods of using ecosystems to reduce poverty and environmental degradation while achieving sustainable development;
- Identification of pathways towards a land-degradation neutral world: by way of reducing degradation processes and scaling up restoration activities, the objective is to maintain and improve the quantity and quality of productive land.
La secretaría ha preparado un llamamiento a los periodistas que quieren participar en la 3ª Conferencia Científica de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas de Lucha contra la Desertificación y el Comité de Ciencia y Tecnología.
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Le secretariat de la Convention des Nations unies sur la lute contre la desertification a lancé un appel pour la participation des médias à la 3ème Conferérence Scientifique du CNULD et la 4ème Session Extraordinaire du Comité de la Science et Téchnologie qui se tiendra place du 9 au 12 mars 2015 à Cancun en Mexique.
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The 3rd UNCCD international scientific conference on “combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices” will be held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancún (Mexico), during the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Download the conference announcement (available in 6 languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
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- Announcement (6 languages)
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.
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- About the conference (17 june)
The 3rd UNCCD scientific conference aims to attract the widest possible range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge that can be harnessed to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. Potential participants are highly encouraged to submit an extended abstract to the organizing committee to present their work and results in relation to the conference topics. The call for abstract is now open until September 15th, 2014.
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