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IES helping to combat desertification

The IES is a major contributor to the UNCCD CST-3/2nd Scientific Conference and CRIC 11, which will be held on April 9 to 19, in Bonn, Germany

In preparation for the next United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of the Parties (COP 11) planned for September 2013, three major events are will be held from 9-19 April 2013, at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany:

  • (09 -12 April 2013) the Third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3), with
  • (09 -12 April 2013) the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, and
  • (15-19 April 2013) the 11th session of the Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11).


The Committee on Science and Technology (CST) is a permanent subsidiary multidisciplinary body of the COP, which was established to provide it with information and advice on scientific and technological matters relating to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought. The JRC is the European Commission’s focal point for contributions to the UNCCD-CST process. As the Vice Chair and Rapporteur of the CST Bureau, IES scientist S. Sommer currently represents the UN Western European and Others Group (WEOG) regional group, which comprises the EU and JUSCANZ countries (i.e. Japan, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein).

The CST S-3  (09 -12 April 2013) will feature the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference on the theme, “Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas,” organised under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The agenda of CST S-3 includes a focus on the refinement of the impact indicators to be used to assess the direction of change in land productivity and livelihoods.

The JRC also represents WEOG on the steering committee of the 2nd Scientific Conference. Together with DGs ENV and DEVCO, the JRC is an affiliate supporter of the Conference and acts as Commission’s point of reference for the organising committee.

At the 2nd Scientific Conference, the JRC will convene two special sessions in which IES scientists M. Cherlet and S. Sommer will present the new World Atlas of Desertification, and IES scientist M. Dunbar will present the EU-funded CASCADE (Catastrophic shifts in drylands) project. The JRC will also contribute to discussions regarding the Rio +20 target of a Land Degradation Neutral World, and to sessions of the initiative on Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) and of the global scientific network DesertNet International (DNI).

The JRC will also participate in meetings of the UNCCD CST Bureau and moderate a CRIC 11 panel session on “Operationally delineating affected areas: a prerequisite to monitor the achievement of strategic objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the UNCCD 10 Years Strategy”.


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