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DISMED Desertification Information System for the Mediterranean

Objectives: The objective of the DIS/MED project is to improve the capacity of national administrations in the Mediterranean countries to effectively program measures and policies to combat desertification and the effects of drought. This goal will be achieved by reinforcing communication, facilitating the exchange of information and establishing a common information system to monitor the physical and socio-economic conditions in areas threatened or affected by desertification and drought and to assess the extent, severity and trends of land degradation in those areas.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Secretariat of the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), European Environment Agency (EEA); Fondazione per la Meteorologia Applicata (FMA) (Italy)Z
Contents: In November 1998 in Marrakech, Morocco, was held a workshop on the Desertification Information Systems for planning needs in the Mediterranean area, jointly sponsored by the UNCCD Secretariat, the Authorities of Morocco and Italy. It convened representatives of Northern Mediterranean and of Northern Africa countries, as well as international and sub-regional organizations. The participants to the Marrakech workshop recommended to the Northern Mediterranean and the Northern African countries to explore the possibility of establishing an operational information system for planning purposes, to potentially service all Mediterranean partners, taking into account the existing local capacities and facilities. They also urged countries to establish a close collaboration for the harmonisation of the methodologies of exchange of information related to all aspects of land degradation. The present project document was prepared in co-operation with the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the CeSIA of Italy, both institution having been involved in the preparation of and follow-up to the Marrakech meeting.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 800.000,00 euro.
Designing and developing a system for the management of data and the dispatching of information at the regional level. This system will lie in standardised and homogeneous databases.
Developing methodologies for the assessment of desertification at the regional, national and local scale. These methodologies will lead also to the definition of a reference framework for the monitoring of trends.
Providing decision-makers with a series of operational tools and outputs, which could be directly used for planning.
Target year: 2003
Target Area/Place: Mediterranean countries - France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Lybia, Morocco, Tunisia.
Expected Outcome(S): 1. Information is circulated and exchanged between the relevant institutions at regional level.

2. Interactions between scientific institutions and decision-makers are recognized at the national level.

3. Available information is suitable for planning purposes at the national level.

4. New information technologies are diffused in national services.

5. Standards and procedures for: vulnerability mapping, impact indicators, databases, are agreed for the Mediterranean area.

6. Homogeneous and standardized data are available.

7. Methodologies to produce information suitable for planning and monitoring purposes are fully available, in particular for: crossing data of different types from different sources. managing of analysis at different scales; producing information in useful format.

8. The common information system on desertification is set up and operational.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: According to the plan of implementation, the project aims to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to address causes of desertification and land degradation in order to maintain and restore land, and to address poverty resulting from land degradation (§ 41). In particular providing affordable local access to information to improve monitoring and early warning related to desertification and drought ( § 41, e).
Other Information:
(Contact): Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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