|United Nations System-Wide
Desertification is a major global concern which puts at risk the livelihoods of a billion people dependent on the drylands for their survival. UNEP alerted the international community to this issue and coordinated the United Nations Plan of Action to Combat Desertification, now succeeded by the Convention to Combat Desertification. After strongly supporting the Interim Secretariat for the Convention, UNEP's activities in desertification control now focus on achieving strong support and effective implementation of the Convention. UNEP is also Task Manager on desertification for the Commission on Sustainable Development. The drylands cover about 40 per cent of the world's land surface and their interactions with climate and water are becoming more widely appreciated; so also is the specialised biology on which the productivity of the soil depends.
AGENDA 21 CHAPTERS AND PROGRAMME AREAS OF PARTICULAR FOCUS OR INTEREST:
Data is collected from the
originators of field survey & research, questionnaires, remote sensing
by Ministries, compilation of existing data and satellite imagery. Data
arrives from various UN organizations, joint projects & Government
Data collection is coordinated
with UNEP Division of Environmental Information, Assessment and Early
Warning, UNEP Regional Offices, in joint programmes with other organizations
and by personal contact.
Data dissemination is by publications, reports, database distribution, worldwide web on the internet, presentations, & awareness raising products. Global cover to multiple users: scientific community, Governments, civil societies, the general public. Coordination of information dissemination is through partnership agreements and joint projects.
exist. The use of the information within them is promoted by conference
presentations/activities and interactive exhibits on WWW.
COVERAGE OF AGENDA 21 PROGRAMME AREAS
Check list - mark (X) areas of major focus or minor interest
ORGANIZATION: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Dryland Ecosystems and Desertification