Desertification

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally-binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. In line with Article 23 of the UNCCD, the key function of the secretariat is to service the sessions of the COP and its subsidiary bodies. 

 

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IGAC: First International Seminar on Remote Sensing

The Master's programme in Remote Sensing of the Catholic University of Manizales of Colombia and UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, IGAC, will organize their first international seminar on remote sensing from 8 to 10 May 2014 on the premises of the Catholic University of Manizales.

The seminar is embedded in a strategy to streamline and promote this research area and further develop technologies to process and analyze remotely sensed data.

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Fri, 25/04/2014 - 11:28

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Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation (DesertLand)

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The Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation 2013 (DesertLand) will act as a platform and a catwalk for showing actions that have been taken and projects undertaken since RIO 1992? (RIO+21) for combating desertification and land degradation!

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17/06/2013 to 18/06/2013

Registration Deadline: 

Fri, 31/05/2013

Venue: 

NH Hotel Gent Belfort

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Ghent

Event Organisers: 

UNESCO Centre on Eromology Gent University, International Center for Eromology, and Gent BC

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UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

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There is a widespread consensus that the pressing issues of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) are not yet properly included and addressed in today's political and private sector agendas on global, national and local levels. It is therefore of vital importance to raise awareness of the negative impacts that decisions regarding land management and ecosystem services can have, but also the opportunities they create to improve current land management practices towards more sustainability and increased resilience.

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51

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09/04/2013 to 12/04/2013

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Bonn World Conference Centre

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Bonn

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UNCCD

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Desertification: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

From 9 to 13 April 2013, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is holding its 2nd Scientific Conference in Bonn, Germany.

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Wed, 27/03/2013 - 09:16

High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP)

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Drought is widely recognized as a slow creeping natural hazard that occurs as a consequence of the natural climatic variability. In recent years, concern has grown world-wide that droughts may be increasing in frequency and severity given the changing climatic conditions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (IPCC, 2007) stated that the world has indeed been more drought-prone during the past 25 years.

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46

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11/03/2013 to 15/03/2013

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International Conference Centre (CICG)

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Geneva

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UNCCD and WMO

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UNIDO

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Regional Support Offices: IGAC conducts desertification analyses

The Colombian Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute - IGAC and their Center of Research and Development of Geographic Information – CIAF, recently did a series of projects based on risk management. One of those was focused on indentifying zones in the process of decertification using optical remote sensing in the Andean dry region of Villa de Leyva (Boyacá), Colombia.

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Thu, 26/07/2012 - 16:02

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UNOOSA organizes Rio+20 side event

On 20-22 June 2012 world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UNOOSA will be organising the following side-event:

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Thu, 17/05/2012 - 11:54

International Workshop on Drought Monitoring, Assessing and Planning under Global Climate Change

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UN-SPIDER is one of the sponsor of the "International Workshop on Drought Monitoring, Assessing and Planning under Global Climate Change" which will be held in June 3-5, 2012 in Beijing, China. The focus of this workshop is drought monitoring, drought risk assessment, drought mitigation and planning and other science and practice related drought. The flyer and registration related documents are available on the workshop website.

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04/06/2012 to 05/06/2012

Registration Deadline: 

Sun, 03/06/2012

Venue: 

Beijing Normal University

Venue City: 

Beijing

Event Organisers: 

Beijing Normal University

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UN-SPIDER, U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), International Center for Drought Risk Reduction (ICDRR) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Satellites combat degrading lands

As the UN marked World Food Day earlier this week, international representatives convened in Korea to discuss ways to curb the loss of productive land to desertification. Satellites play an important role in the monitoring and assessment of drylands.

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations because dryland ecosystems are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation, inappropriate land use and droughts.

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Mon, 24/10/2011 - 09:10

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