Tuesday, October 06, 2009
PUBLICATION: Revitalizing the UNCCD
A recent paper, Revitalizing the UNCCD: discussion paper on policy options to respond to land degradation, was prepared to suggest innovative concepts and ideas for potential consideration at the ninth session of the Conference of Parties (COP9) of the UNCCD, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 21st to October 2nd. The policy oriented discussion paper emphasizes, inter alia, the following key points:
1. land degradation is a problem of global dimensions, and originates from a variety of causes, including unsustainable production and consumption practices taking place beyond drylands;
2. more rigorous biophysical and socio-economic scientific arguments are needed to better appreciate the issues and options at stake and substantiate decision-making;
3. the value of land, in particular, and its role in securing local and global common goods and services should be properly assessed in light of increasing demographic and economic pressures on this finite resource;
4. specific measures can be put in place to generate adequate incentives for sustainable use of natural resources and open up innovative financial opportunities for sustainable land management investments, such as market-based mechanisms to compensate for ecosystem goods and services; and
5. development aid should support the creation of a conducive environment for responsible private investment, for example by facilitating the transfer of technologies and strengthening relevant policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks.