UNCCD Selects Consortium to Jointly Organize 2009 CST Scientific Conference

Selected Consortium following the Call for Expression of Interest 22 July 2008: The Bureau of the Committee on Science

and Technology (CST) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has

selected the ‘Drylands Science for Development' consortium as its partner to

jointly organize a scientific conference for the CST's 2009 session.

Consortium members include the International Center

for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Crops

Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and the United Nations

University/International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU - INWEH).

CST9 will convene in conjunction with the ninth Conference of the Parties to

the UNCCD, in late 2009, and will consider the priority theme ‘Bio-physical and

socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land

degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.' [UNCCD website]