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SECOND REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PROCESSES ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
UN CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION (UNCCD)
Secretariat of the Convention to Combat
Organization and Dynamics
Composed of government representatives, the CST advises the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on scientific and technological matters relevant to desertification and drought. In addition, ad hoc panels of government-nominated experts provide information and advice on specific issues. These experts will be appointed by the COP on the recommendation of the CST. Experts must have field experience and represent a wide range of disciplines.
Work and Outputs
At its third meeting, during COP-3, CST
considered several background reports on traditional knowledge, including:
a Synthesis Report on important and widely-applied traditional knowledge
on a sub-regional and regional basis and on a national scale; a Report
of an ad hoc panel on traditional knowledge; a Report on building linkages
between environmental conventions and initiatives; a Synthesis Report on
traditional knowledge in dry-land ecosystems; and, a Report on the system
of traditional knowledge in the Mediterranean and its classification with
reference to different social groupings.
Other Areas of Work:
A Survey and Evaluation of Networks is being prepared by UNEP. Currently, plans for a database to contain information on all networks world-wide involved in work related to desertification is being prepared. Phase 1 of this project involved drawing up the plans for a database and preparing a model, which was done at the University of Arizona, and which was presented at COP-3.
Concerning Benchmarks and Indicators .....
The Roster of Experts is still in the process of being established. Most recent discussion centred on making clearer distinctions between different disciplines represented on the roster. There have also been calls to see that the roster reflect more equal gender representation. COP-3 asked the Secretariat to prepare a report on use of the roster, which is to be presented at the next COP.
Future Work: A wide-spread observation at CST-3 was that many substantive reports had been prepared highlighting a positive trend in the work of CST, but the challenge was now to take these into the realm of implementation.
Although the GEF is not a financial mechanism for the CCD, a STAP workshop on land degradation inter-linkages was held in Bologna, Italy, from 14-16 June 1999. Forty independent experts and UN agency representatives including the GEF, UNEP, UNDP and CCD attended. The aim was to further identify the linkages between land degradation and GEF focal areas, particularly climate change, biodiversity and international water issues, with a view to increasing GEF's support to activities related to land degradation.
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