The 3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference on “Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development – the Contribution of Science, Technology, Traditional Knowledge and Practices” was held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Mexico, during the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The conference aimed at attracting the widest possible range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge that can be harnessed to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) participated in the conference through a poster “Bedouin Livelihoods and Rangeland Management in the Middle East; Analysis of Constraints to and Preconditions for Local Ownership in Sustainable Rangeland Management”.
The poster discussed a methodology for analyzing what preconditions are needed to be fulfilled for local herder communities to engage and take ownership for sustainable range management activities. This methodology will help to improve ownership and accountability of local people for rangeland management, improve and strengthen livelihood strategies and inform measures to be taken for local governance as well as improve policies for sustainable rangeland management at the meso level such as the Middle East age-old Al Hima local resource governance system.
The IUCN Global Drylands Initiative in collaboration with UNEP have also launched a joint publication “Pastoralism and the Green Economy: a natural nexus?” that examines the role of pastoralism in the global transition towards sustainability at the 3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference in Cancun, Mexico on Monday 9th March 2015.
The book launch consisted of a brief presentation from the authors, a panel discussion with representatives from government, NGOs and academia, and an open debate with participants.
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Drylands, Livelihoods and Gender Programme Manager, Fida Haddad at: