Combating drought, land degradation and desertification
for poverty reduction and sustainable development

The contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices 

9-12 march 2015, Cancún, Mexico

Combating drought, land degradation and desertification for poverty reduction and sustainable development

The contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices 

9-12 march 2015, Cancún, Mexico

 

Organizers

  • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Together with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UNCCD is one of the three conventions set up after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development issues to the land agenda. It addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands. Like the other two Rio conventions, the UNCCD has a subsidiary body for science and technology (the Committee on Science and Technology - CST).      

    In 2008, the Conference of Parties decided that special sessions of the CST would be organized in a scientific and technical conference-style format, focusing on one priority area, so as to produce assessments and scientific summaries to form the basis for its political negotiations. Two previous such scientific conferences have been organized, in 2009 in Buenos Aires and in 2013 in Bonn.

    For its 3rd scientific conference, the UNCCD CST Bureau has entrusted the Consortium STK4SD (‘Science and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development’) to lead the organizational process. The STK4SD consortium is composed of five core partners and two associated partners, bringing together a high level of scientific expertise and practical skills in the organization of international conferences with a long established commitment to the operations of the UNCCD. Its members are actively involved in all the regions concerned by the UNCCD, proof of its capacity to mobilize resources, organizations and stakeholders at all levels. 

     UNCCD

The Scientific and Tranditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium, gathering:

Core partners

Agropolis International

Agropolis International is an association based in Montpellier supported by the French government and local authorities. Its members include nearly 30 research centers and higher education establishments in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with 2,300 scientists, working in the fields of agriculture, food, biodiversity and the environment, focusing on the Mediterranean and tropical regions.     

As the leader of the consortium, Agropolis International benefits from the collective expertise of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification and hosts the Committee on its premises. The French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD) includes 20 members from French universities and scientific institutions appointed by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, and chosen to represent a wide range of expertise on desertification. 

 Agropolis International  CSFD

The CGIAR Consortium

The CGIAR Consortium is a global research partnership for a food secure future. The CGIAR aims to reduce rural poverty, improve food security, human health and nutrition and encourage more sustainable management of natural resources.     

The research is carried out by the 15 centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, including the ICARDA and the ICRISAT, and which work closely together with hundreds of partner organizations.

 CGIAR Consortium

The Argentine Institute for Arid Zone Research (IADIZA)

The Argentine Institute for Arid Zone Research (IADIZA) is an institute of the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), whose aim is to improve understanding of the structure and functioning of arid zones and the transfer of technology and know-how through education/ training and capacity-building.      


DesertNet International

DesertNet International is an international scientific network for research into desertification that brings together nearly 300 experts from 47 countries and provides a platform for international science policy discussion.      


The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) is an intergovernmental African organization based in Tunisia, focusing on concerted, sustainable management of natural resources in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas in Africa’s Sahel-Sahara region. The OSS members include 22 African countries, 5 non-African countries and 10 international, sub-regional and non-government organizations.     


Associated partners

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies for the protection of the European and global environment.      

Located in Ispra, Italy, the IES carries out research to understand the complex interactions between human activity and the physical environment, and how to manage strategic resources (water, land, forests, food, minerals, etc.) in a more sustainable manner. Together with other JRC institutes, the IES provides the scientific basis for the conception, development, implementation and evaluation of EU policies that promote the greening of Europe and the global sustainable management of natural resources.

 IES
The Desertification Research Centre (NRD)

The Desertification Research Centre (NRD) is a research group of the University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy, that promotes multidisciplinary research and studies on desertification and environmental degradation in the Mediterranean region.