COP14: to combat Desertification, land degradation and drought

  • 08th September 2019
  • by secretary

2-13 September 2019. New Delhi, India. Over 8,000 participants from all over the world

participated in COP14. The Parties to the Convention agreed on the actions each will take over the next two years and beyond to get us on a sustainable development path.

Ministers from 196 countries, scientists and representatives of national and local governments, non-governmental organizations, city leaders, the private sector, industry experts, women, youth, journalists, faith and community groups shared their expertise, and agree on the most viable solutions. New actions will be guided by an assessment of the outcomes of the decisions they took two years ago.

Desertification, land degradation and drought are huge challenges. But investing in the land and its stewards can open up vast opportunities for the economy and environmental resilience. COP14  helped countries achieve Land Degradation Neutrality by delivering tools and resources that are fit for purpose. Tools that are built on accurate and reliable science and data, participatory processes and compromise, and benefit everyone. Countries can withstand future environmental challenges better by optimizing land management and massively scaling up sustainable practices and the restoration of degraded land.

Extract of the programme:

September 2
Applying the research in development approach to scale land restoration and achieve the LDN targets Organizers: ICRISAT and ICRAF
Key Partners: Organizers + IUCN, IFAD, EU
Discussion on the External Evaluation conducted by ICARDA in Niger/Kenya on the IFAD/EU-ICRAF project implemented by ICRAF, ICRISAT, ILRI and ICARDA. ICARDA will provide a copy of the Evaluation Report, an Evaluation Brief and launch a Blog

September 3
Fostering integrated approach for sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa Organizers: ICRAF
Key Partners: Organizers + others
This session was driven by countries where experiences and practices from three selected IAP-FS projects (Niger, Uganda and Eswatini) in SLM and INRM will be shared.

September 5
Key Partners: FAO, – CIHEAM – CDE
Regional initiative to counter land degradation in the Mediterranean, Near East and Eastern Europe – LANDMEDNET

African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and Horn of Africa
Organizers: AI-CD Secretariat
Key Partners: AI-CD Members incl. JICA and UNCCD
Contribute on knowledge management areas also in relation to the work done with AI-CD here:

“Accelerating efforts to combat desertification to achieve the SDGs, recognizing only 10 years left. (Global & multi-sector partnerships, funding mobilization, innovative technologies and approaches)”

September 6
Halting Land Degradation by Scaling-up Proven and Cost-Effective Land Management Practices

Organizers: ICRAF and ELD
Key Partners: Organizers + Others
Topic: Contribute on knowledge management areas also in relation to the work done with AI-CD here:

Session: Sand and Dust Storm – global overview Organizers: UNCCD

Enhancing resilience and livelihoods through community-based actions Organizers: ICARDA and Tottori University
Key Partners: Organizers + Others

  • Water and livelihoods: The case of irrigated farming communities of Rajasthan (India) V. NANGIA 
  • Genetic enhancement of lentil for adaptation in various cropping systems and nutritional security in South Asia A. SARKER

September 7
WOCAT2020+ donor consultation meeting
Organizers: WOCAT

Key Partners: WOCAT Members incl. SDC, GIZ, FAO
Support as WOCAT SC Rep. to facilitate the discussion on the new Strategy for 2020 and leverage funds for the Secretariat (CDE)

Local and Regional Governments Day Organizers: ICLEI
Key Partners: NA
Role: Participant (E. BONAIUTI)
Role of local and regional governments in ensuring sustainable land management – showcasing good practices

September 11
Economic evaluation of integrated watershed development related interventions under the risk of climate extremes (SIDE EVENT CO-ORGA)
Organizers: WOTR / GIZ
Key Partners: Organizers + Others
ELD Study with WOTR in rainfed regions of India, Work of WOTR to be presented in the international context, Preparation of an economic valuation of WOTR-work in a policy brief.