White Papers for UNCCD Scientific Conference Open for Review

© DSD30 May 2009: The Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD), which is helping to organize the first scientific conference for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) Committee on Science and Technology (CST), has invited scientific colleagues and stakeholders of the UNCCD to review the drafts of scientific analysis papers that will feed into the 22-24 September 2009 conference on “Bio-physical and socioeconomic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

The Conference, popularly known under the shorter title “Understanding Desertification and Land Degradation Trends,” will take place at the ninth session of the UNCCD Conference of Parties in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In preparation for the Conference, three Working Groups have drafted ‘white papers' summarizing leading scientific knowledge relevant to the topic assigned by the Convention that leads towards recommendations that can support decision making in land and water management by the Convention and its Parties. The drafts will be open for review by scientists and stakeholders worldwide from 28 May-28 June 2009.

DSD is a consortium of five partner institutions: European DesertNet; International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA); International Crops Research Institute for the Semi‐Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); Joint Research Centre/Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the European Commission (JRC/IES); and UN University – International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU‐INWEH). [DSD Website] [UNCCD First Scientific Conference Website]