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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Sustainable Land Management Day

rcp-unccd1126 September 2013: On its last day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Day . The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

SLM Day included sessions on: implementing, documenting and sharing proven SLM approaches and practices - closing the loop between field and policy; SLM strategic investment frameworks - country experiences and success stories; UN Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA) knowledge management for implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); and the importance of accurate soil data - isotope studies supporting evidence for combating desertification. The day ended with a reception.

During the session on implementing, documenting and sharing proven SLM approaches, participants viewed two videos to demonstrate climate-smart agricultural practices in Tajikistan. A speaker from Iran discussed experiences in evolutionary plant breeding, which uses high genetic diversity in crops to increase resilience to climate variability.

During the session on SLM strategic investment frameworks, a representative from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) provided panel an overview of the SLM Strategic Investment Framework. Participants also heard presentations on country experiences from Niger, Ghana and Ethiopia in the implementation of the framework.

The final session on accurate soil data explored how nuclear science is contributing to evidence-based soil and water conservation. A speaker from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) described the Agency's technical cooperation (TC) programme and the Practical Agreement with the UNCCD, signed in April 2013. [IISD RS Meeting Coverage] [Meeting Website]