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BRAINSTORMING TO THE EXISTING
PRIORITIES OF CSOs
The session chaired by Nathalie and co –
chaired by Eric requested the wo...
Mining has been a common activity in
Chihuahua, Mexico since the time Spain
conquered northern Mexico. The mining activity...
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CSO NEWLETTER AT UNCCD COP14 (Day 2)

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CSO NEWLETTER AT UNCCD COP14 (Day 2)

  1. 1. BRAINSTORMING TO THE EXISTING PRIORITIES OF CSOs The session chaired by Nathalie and co – chaired by Eric requested the working groups to present their ideas and discussions to make clear the agenda of the COP14 to the other CSOs. On behalf of the CSOs, a draft for CSO Opening Statement for COP14 Plenary was delivered by Mr. Bhawani Kusum from Gram Bharathi Samiti, India. He reminded on the importance of land and calls for an urgent participation of the Parties, the inter-governmental organizations and the donors, to join hands with civil society to speed up the actions needed to sustain the land and its people. Thereafter, suggestions were welcomed to the statement. Suggestions included on topics such as the importance of subdued sections of the society as children as their due status is not provided to them. More factors such as researchers and scientists to be one of the major participants, government – private sector integration to be included as part of the statement. The corrections were made in the following session and was presented at the plenary. FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UNCCD Mr. Prakash Javedkar, the new President of UNCCD opened the plenary by addressing the delegates and thanked China for their presidency in the previous two years. He talked about how Indians consider the land as their mother and hence UNCCD is a like a Mother convention to India. There was a talk about how important Agenda 2030's Article 15 is ambitious and important for the world. "We walk together, work together, share together and work on sustainability" He concluded the speech by talking about The India Pavilion Exhibition, a platform which shared several success stories of the FAO, NBA and other organizations. He suggested on the urge to work on improving land rehabilitation. eco
  2. 2. Mining has been a common activity in Chihuahua, Mexico since the time Spain conquered northern Mexico. The mining activity still takes place despite the degradation on opencast mining. Most mining activity is done in the state of Chihuahua at the sierra Tarahumara, a forest area inhabited by the native Tarahumara people since thousands of years. They manage their livelihood by growing corn, beans and squash. Most of the families have a small herd of cattle that has not changed for more than 500 years, since the Europeans arrived. Although, the presence of mines has some short - term benefits to the Tarahumara, such as temporal work and schools, the problem arises due to after – effects of mining. This results in the area being devasted by the opencast mine operation. A successful case of mine reclamation was done this year when the gold mine's owner who was willing to restore the place brought an opportunity to work with local regenerative ranchers in restoring the place. “Perennial grasslands and small spots of pines and oaks were growing on former barren ground” The planning was made by the mine owners and regenerative cattle ranchers to build portable corrals to hold cattle for daily moves at the actual mine grounds. Cattles that they feed bales of corn stock to build organic matter together with cow manure. In addition, native seeds were fed as part of the fodder and inoculated with fungi and bacteria to promote the establishment of a perennial grasslands. Also, pine and oak varieties were planted as part of the restoration project. The results after applying regenerative ranching for 9 months were astonishing: Perennial grasslands and small spots of pines and oaks were growing on former barren ground. This will allow Tarahumaras to continue doing the activities that they have been doing since hundreds of years. Hence, nourishing their herds. MINE RECLAMATION PROJECT IN CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO USING REGENERATIVE RANCHING - Alejandro Carrillo

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