WIN at UNCCD-COP12

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UNCCD COP12

From October 12-23, 2015 the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted its 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Ankara, Turkey. The conference took place at the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Decision-makers from 195 member states attended COP12 to discuss solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

The goal of COP12 was to provide practical steps to make the Stories of Resilience SLM Case Studiesrehabilitation of degrading land areas a reality. To support this goal, the WIN Network and its partners, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Equator Initiative, ENDA Tiers Monde, UNCCD, and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), hosted the Day for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers on October 14.

Objectives
Making connections, learning from peers, and building enduring and mutually beneficial relationships can be a powerful way to combat land degradation and desertification. Peer-to-peer exchanges can support practitioners’ efforts to restore their land and strengthen sustainable land management. Equator Initiative and the WIN Network organized a series of workshops to facilitate the exchange of practical experience and appropriate knowledge, which can help address the triple environmental threat of desertification, biodiversity loss and climate change.

The following topics will be covered in subsequent sessions during the Day for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers. Please find descriptions of the exchanges below:

Please find summaries of UNCCD COP12 highlights below:


October 12, 2015 – Welcome CeremonyCOP12 logo

The UNCCD’s 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) started on Monday, October 12, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey. Representatives from Turkey opened the event with a series of statements, followed by a moment of silence that was observed for those that lost their lives in the deadly bomb explosions that took place in the capital on Saturday.

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October 12-13, 2015 – Workshop with 2014 Equator Prize winners for Sustainable Land Management


Hannatou Moussa

A two day workshop hosted by the Equator Initiative was held with the 2014 Equator Prize winners for Sustainable Land Management to take stock of the year’s work, and to share the experience of the peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges. Discussions focused on the impact of winning the prize. Participants shared stories of the National Prize Ceremonies organized by UNDP and celebrations on the World Day to Combat Desertification to raise awareness of their work. Presentations were also made on the Equator Initiative and its WIN network, the three Rio Conventions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategies were also put in place to engage at the conference. The group agreed to prepare a statement highlighting their key issues and local solutions to combating desertification, and identified focal points for the UNCCD Committees (CRIC and CST) and the daily civil society meetings.

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October 14, 2015 – Day for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers at the Rio Conventions Pavilion

 Session 1 – Knowledge Exchange: Promoting Sustainable Land Management through Peer-to-Peer Learning

Making connections, learning from peers, and building enduring and mutually beneficial relationships can be a powerful way to combat land degradation and desertification. Peer-to-peer exchanges can support practitioners’ efforts to restore their land and strengthen sustainable land management. In this session we will hear from community participants as they share the lessons learned from peer-to-peer, on-site, knowledge exchanges in sub-Saharan Africa. Knowledge exchanges can serve as a tool to build capacities through exchange of practical experience and appropriate knowledge, and can help address the triple environmental threat of desertification, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Session 2 – Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Implementation of the Rio Conventions: Combating Desertification, Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss Post-2015

Protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, combating desertification and climate change, and reversing land degradation and biodiversity loss are all central issues of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. This session will be an opportunity to hear about the Rio Conventions and the Sustainable Development Goals and to understand how local sustainable land management best practices can contribute to the attainment of the post-2015 agenda.

Session 3 – Better Land Use, Better Future for All: Lessons learned from the Drylands Project

The Better Land Use Better Future for All project (implemented by UNDP’s Equator Initiative, OSISA and ENDA Tiers Monde) aimed to remove the barriers to CSO’ effectiveness to facilitate community participation in SLM. The goal was to improve the socio-economic development and livelihoods of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa by empowering local grassroots organizations to participate and influence the implementation of the UNCCD and other SLM processes. The side event will be used to discuss the lessons learned from the project and opportunities for future engagement at the local and national levels.

Session 4 – Building Resilience in Dryland Ecosystems: Multi Stakeholder Engagement for Social-Ecological Resilience

Humans can change ecosystems in many different ways through activities such as agriculture, cattle grazing, deforestation, and building roads and cities. The session will focus on how these interacting systems of people and nature – or social-ecological systems – can best be managed through multi stakeholder engagement to ensure essential ecosystem services are sustainable, especially for local and indigenous communities living in dryland ecosystems.

Session 5 – Addressing Food Insecurity in Drylands: Best SLM Practices to Strengthen Community Livelihoods

Global food security is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and with the world’s ever-growing population, smallholder farmers must become more productive. Yet smallholder farmers are often trapped in a cycle of insufficient crop yields and poverty, along with land degradation and drought. Major policy interventions and changes in land management approaches are needed to prevent and reverse desertification as a means to improve food security, and to strengthen local and indigenous peoples’ livelihoods in dryland ecosystems. This panel will showcase best practices to combat food insecurity in drylands.

Session 6 – Book Launch: “Sustainable Land Management: Lessons Learned from Indigenous and Local Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa”

The Global Environment Facility supported program “Better Land Use, Better Future for All” will launch a lessons learned publication, along with 15 case studies. The Equator Initiative, OSISA and ENDA will partner to detail best practices learned from the Equator Prize winners for SLM in sub-Saharan Africa along with case studies of local organizations currently working on drylands management. By sharing policy recommendations based on proven local solutions, this event will make the case for a bottom-up strategy for effective drylands management. It will be followed by a reception.


October 15-21, 2015 – Equator Prize Winners’ interventions during high-level segments at COP12

Throughout UNCCD COP 12 in Ankara, Turkey, delegates met in dialogues on land rights, the incentives for investment in SLM, and framing of legislation to protect and rehabilitate land. Gloria Musowa from the Kasisi Agricultural Training Center, Zambia and Kevin Muneene, Utooni Development Organization, Kenya – both Equator Prize winners – spoke during two different sessions. Follow the link for: Equator Prize Winners’ interventions during high-level segments at COP12

 

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