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DESIRE project members led the development of a discussion paper to lobby delegates to the UNCCD's CRIC meeting in Istanbul in November 2008. This document went to every national focal point and a range of other key stakeholders and was distributed at the CRIC.


Our goal was to influence the 2008-2011 work plan of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) to achieve greater integration of knowledge from research and affected communities in the UNCCD policy process. One of our key recommendations was the establishment of an independent research synthesis process akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to regularly inform the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNCCD.


Although it is impossible to know the role our discussion paper played, this recommendation was adopted. The Dryland Science for Development (DSD) Consortium have been charged with developing this synthesis, which will be reviewed at a scientific conference immediately prior to the next COP and then feed directly to policy-makers via the CST.


One project member has been invited to join Working Group III that will write the synthesis titled "impacts of economic and social drivers and knowledge management on monitoring and evaluation of land degradation" and another now been commissioned to develop a Communication Strategy for the UNCCD Secretariat, and is working closely with colleagues across the DESIRE project on this work.


More details ... download the full report and visit the UNCCD website

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