WOCAT season's greetings 2013/2014
Dear WOCAT colleagues and friends,
The WOCAT Secretariat and Management would like to thank you for your great collaboration in 2013 and earlier, and for your dependable work in the network going forward.
The outgoing year 2013 was an important one for WOCAT, especially in regards to finalising our new institutional setup. New Consortium Partners have committed to joining WOCAT International, and our Framework Agreement has been drawn up and will be ready for signing at the beginning of 2014. You will soon receive details about our specific collaboration and partnership with you and your colleagues.
Over the course of 2013, we also made special efforts to strengthen our collaboration with UNCCD, SDC, and other vital partners. We are pleased to announce that our long-term partner SDC has pledged to continue its funding support through 2014 and 2015.
Finally, we would like to thank the organisers and all the participants of the WOCAT Share Fair and WOCAT Workshop and Steering Committee Meeting (WWSM) in South Africa.
At the beginning of the New Year we will update you about key events occurring in 2014 and about our joint path forward.
We wish you a happy and prosperous 2014!
WOCAT Secretariat and Management
Hanspeter Liniger, Sally Bunning, Godert van Lynden, Markus Giger, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Gudrun Schwilch, Nicole Harari, Mats Gurtner, Bettina Wolfgramm, Nina Lauterburg, Julie Zähringer, and Isabelle Providoli