WOCAT participation at the UNCCD COP15

The theme of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan was “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity”. It is a call to action to ensure land, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.

Together with our partners, WOCAT contributed to various sessions at the Rio Conventions Pavilion and side events, presenting our latest land degradation and SLM tools and methods, findings, milestones, and project achievements.

Rio Conventions Pavilion Events:

FOOD DAY: THURSDAY 12 MAY, 16:00 – 17:00

Guardians of our planet – the impact of women and indigenous groups to achieve LDN targets in Food Systems transformation.

Organized by WWF.

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GENDER CAUCUS: FRIDAY 13 MAY, 13:00 – 15:00

Role of the Gender Caucus in accelerating the implementation of the Gender Action Plan & way forward.

Organized by UNCCD.

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GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY (GEF) HALF-DAY: FRIDAY 13 MAY, 8:00 – 12:00

Contribution in Session 3 “LDN: where we go from there”.

Organized by GEF.

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SCIENCE DAY: SATURDAY 14 MAY, 16:00 – 17:00

Nature-based solutions and drought risk management. Contribution in session 3.

Organized by UNCCD Science Policy Interface.

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SAND AND DUST STORMS DAY: MONDAY 16 MAY, 9:00 – 12:30,

Contribution in session: Adaptation and Mitigation - UNCCD SDS toolbox

Organized by: UNCCD, FAO

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LAND RESTORATION DAY: TUESDAY 17 MAY, 14:15 – 15:45

Cost and benefit data on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) - launch of a new GIZ/ELD-UNCCD-WOCAT tool.

Organized by GIZ/ELD.

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LAND RESTORATION DAY: TUESDAY 17 MAY, 17:45 – 19:15

Land Degradation Neutrality reporting, target setting and monitoring: Experiences from Ecuador, Turkey and Kazakhstan in co-developing and applying FAO-WOCAT tools at national level for LDN.

Organized by Ecuador.

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Africa Pavilion

GRASSLAND EVENT: FRIDAY 13 MAY, 11:00 – 12:30

Life-giving lands: a roadmap for land restoration and food security in the grasslands, rangelands, and savannahs

Organized by: IUCN. 


» New! WOCAT Rangeland Publication available in French and English

Side Events:

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY, 18:00 – 20:00, MET-12

FAO: State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW21) – Launching the full report.

Organized by FAO.

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THURSDAY 12 MAY, 18:00 – 20:00, MET-12

Scaling out Turkey's lessons learnt on combating land degradation: an overview of land degradation neutrality in Europe and Central Asia.

Organized by Turkey.

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FRIDAY 13 MAY, 13:00 – 15:00, MET-13

Evidence-based decision making for Life on Land - Scenarios for Integrated Land Use Planning.

Organized by GIZ.

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SATURDAY 14 MAY, 11:30 – 13:30, MET-11

Integrated approaches for SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Organized by IFAD.

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MONDAY 16 MAY, 13:00 - 15:00, MET-14

Launch of the new UNCCD-WOCAT gender-responsive SLM tool and discussions with its developers and users


Organized by WOCAT.

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MONDAY 16 MAY, 13:00 – 15:00, MET-14

Securing Land Tenure Rights to Achieve Land Degradation Neutrality, Land-based Adaptation, and Responses to Drought.

Organized by GIZ.

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MONDAY 16 MAY, 13:00 – 15:00, MET-11

Establishing the SLM Progress Calculator as a recognized LDN monitoring tool to measure systemic progress along an SLM trajectory.

Organized by South Africa.

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WEDNESDAY 18 MAY, 13:00 – 15:00, MET-13

National implementation of the Tools4LDN workflow in Colombia.

Organized by Colombia.

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Other events:

THURSDAY 12 MAY, 16:00 – 17:00, CSFD IRD AND CARI BOOTH

Demo: Ηow to plan towards 2030 Land Degradation Targets? A one-hour hands-on session on the LUP4LDN tool.

Organized by SCiO.

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Our team in Abidjan

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Nicole Harari

CDE Centre for Development and Environment
WOCAT Executive Team Member
nicole.harari( at )unibe.ch
Switzerland Switzerland

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Tatenda Lemann

CDE Centre for Development and Environment
WOCAT Executive Team member
tatenda.lemann( at )unibe.ch
Switzerland Switzerland

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Ingrid Teich

CDE Centre for Development and Environment
SLM and LDN expert
ingridteich( at )gmail.com
Argentina Argentina

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André Kooiman

ISRIC World Soil Information
WOCAT Executive Team member
andre.kooiman( at )isric.org
Netherlands Netherlands

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Stephanie Jaquet

CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Steering Committee member
s.jaquet( at )cgiar.org
Kenya Kenya

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