Fighting desertification

October 7, 2009 at 11:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The desertification conference received wide media coverage

The first Scientific Conference of the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this month, in conjunction with the UNCCD Conference of Parties. The conference focused on methods to monitor and measure desertification and degradation. The delegates agreed on the need to focus not only on the symptoms of degradation but also the underlying causes; and to identify indicators that are broad enough to cover complex ecosystems yet simple enough to track. Ultimately, the aim of monitoring is to better understand ecological processes, and provide policy makers with information and technology options to prevent degradation.

ICARDA Director General Dr Mahmoud Solh is chairman of Dryland Science for Development, a research consortium that provides technical support to the UNCCD. In his keynote presentation at the Scientific Conference, he stressed the opportunities for partnerships between the many agencies involved in natural resources research, and the need to share skills and resources more effectively.

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