COP14: to combat Desertification, land degradation and drought

COP14: to combat Desertification, land degradation and drought

2-13 September 2019. New Delhi, India. Over 8,000 participants from all over the world

participated in COP14. The Parties to the Convention agreed on the actions each will take over the next two years and beyond to get us on a sustainable development path.

Ministers from 196 countries, scientists and representatives of national and local governments, non-governmental organizations, city leaders, the private sector, industry experts, women, youth, journalists, faith and community groups shared their expertise, and agree on the most viable solutions. New actions will be guided by an assessment of the outcomes of the decisions they took two years ago.

Desertification, land degradation and drought are huge challenges. But investing in the land and its stewards can open up vast opportunities for the economy and environmental resilience.

COP14  helped countries achieve Land Degradation Neutrality by delivering tools and resources that are fit for purpose. Tools that are built on accurate and reliable science and data, participatory processes and compromise, and benefit everyone. Countries can withstand future environmental challenges better by optimizing land management and massively scaling up sustainable practices and the restoration of degraded land.

Extract of the programme:

September 2
Applying the research in development approach to scale land restoration and achieve the LDN targets 

September 5
Regional initiative to counter land degradation in the Mediterranean, Near East and Eastern Europe – LANDMEDNET

African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

“Accelerating efforts to combat desertification to achieve the SDGs, recognizing only 10 years left. (Global and multi-sector partnerships, funding mobilization, innovative technologies and approaches)”

September 6
Halting Land Degradation by Scaling-up Proven and Cost-Effective Land Management Practices

Session: Sand and Dust Storm – global overview 

Enhancing resilience and livelihoods through community-based actions 

  • Water and livelihoods: The case of irrigated farming communities of Rajasthan (India) V. NANGIA 
  • Genetic enhancement of lentil for adaptation in various cropping systems and nutritional security in South Asia A. SARKER

September 7

Local and Regional Governments Day 

September 11
Economic evaluation of integrated watershed development related interventions under the risk of climate extremes

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