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AID-CCD Active exchange of experience on indicators and development of perspectives in the context of the UNCCD

Objectives: The project , in the framework of the EINRICH implementation, aims at developing and coordinating exchange of experiences across the world between scientific institutions involved in the UNCCD implementation.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Desertification Research Group of the University of Sassari; GIP MEDIAS (France); OSS Executive Secretariat; China National Desertification Monitoring Centre (China); Instituto Argentino de Investigactiones de las Zones Aridas Centro Regional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas (Argentina)
Contents: The project addresses the issue of the UNCCD implementation in global perspective, by involving all regional Annexes. Among the main issues, indicators, information circulation systems and prevention and mitigation activities have been recognised as the priorities, and much work has been carried out in all Annexes. But there are a lack of exchange of information among Annexes mainly because there are little opportunities to meet and throughly discuss the experiences and the activities carried out. This project constitutes the first attempt to deal with the desertification indicators and the mitigation actions systematically and at global level.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 388.805,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
Two thematic seminars each one dealing with a specific issue relevant in all UNCCD Annexes:
- seminar 1 will focus on the "Scientific and technical aspects of desertification indicators and remote sensing",
- seminar 2 will focus on the "Role of Information Circulation Systems in the scientific and practical approach to combat desertification".
The seminars will be preceded by preparatory activities consisting in the elaboration of two preparatoty studies and in the realisation of a Think Thank. The first study will be devoted to the elaboration of a review on the use of indicators in the different Annexes, with particular reference to the response and impact indicators adopted in the different Nactional Action Plans in the UNCCD Annexes.
Target year: 2005
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Expected Outcome(S): The exchange of experience among the Annexes and between scientific community and stakeholders will contribute to implement of the UNCCD and will provide stakeholders with the necessary tools and information to implement the UNCCD at different levels. The Synthesis Report planned at the end of the project will summarise the results obtained and will be widely disseminated.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to 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): Prof. Giuseppe Enne
Direttore NRD
Università di Sassari
via E. De Nicola, 9 c/o Dip. Di Sc. Zootecniche, 07100 Sassari (Italy);
Tel +39079229304
Fax +39079229302
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