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CLEMDES Clearing House Mechanism on Desertification for the Northern Mediterranean Region

Objectives: Promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation, within and among the countries of Annex IV and other affected countries of the Mediterranean Region on combating desertification. Develop a mechanism for the partecipation of NGOs, local stakeholders and scientific community to the exchange and integration of information on desertification.
Disseminate all research results available. Establish a central (portal) web site prototype of the Clearing House Mechanism. Develop a toolkit to assist in the establishment of national internet data-base. Develop synergies with other existing initiatives of the Climate Change and Biodiversity convention.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: National Institute of Agrarian Economy - INEA (Italy); CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CIDE (Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificacion) (Spain); Direccao General Das Florestas (Portugal); Greek National Committee for Combating Desertification; General Directorate of Rural Services (Turkey); Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (Israel); APAT (Agenzia Nazionale Per l'Ambiente e per i Servizi Tecnici) (Italy)
Contents: The countries of Northern Mediterranena Region are affected by desertification and for this reason they have prepared National and Regional programmes for the application of the UNCCD. A problem faced by stakeholders is the insufficient communication both at national and international level. A Clearing House Mechanism, by allowing the easy and both structured and unstructured communication among partners, is viewed as an effective tool against desertification.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 244.906,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
Set up of an Internet based network devoted to the improvement of the diffusion of information.
Establishment of an Internet based tool to decentralize existing information using national language.Identify a common format and terms of reference for the setup of a Mediterranean portal and of National Internet based information facilities.
Organization of workshops and national and international meetings.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Northern Mediterranean Region- Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Israel.
Expected Outcome(S): At the end of the project each focal point will have its own Clearing House Mechanism using uniform and standardized tools. This will improve sharing of experiences among stakeholders and will make more effective both at national and international (i.e. regional) level the implementation and adoption of plans to combat desertification. This project will increase the awareness of the desertification among stakeholders at national level. The CHM toolkit will be presented to Southern and Eastern Mediterranean counties and other Mediterranean countries that have ratified the UNCCD to extend the initiative as much as possible. It will be also presented to the Commitee of Science and Tecnology to promote the adoption of the CHM by the UNCCD itself.
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): Guido Bonati,
INEA (Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria)
via Barberini, 36, 00187 Roma (Italy),
Tel: +39 0647856520,
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