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  1. 1. ECOPUBLISHED FOR 2019 UNCCD COP14 CSO NEWSLETTER CST STATEMENT FOR CSO OPENING The Plenary session of the Committee of Science and Technology for the CSO Committee and was called upon to give the opening statement. The speech called upon action to the committee to change the focus from Land Degradation Neutrality to Land Optimization which is the more appropriate focus in today’s world. “We must be driven by an unstoppable ambition, or we will be burned up by an unstoppable disaster.” The representative of the CST thanked the Science Policy Interface for their engagement with the Civil Society Organisations in the biennial 2018-2019 and for their guidance to implement LDN. There was a request for the CST to give out incentives to make sure that there is enough motivation for users to conserve this important natural resource. “In these times of environmental trauma in which people are contributing to the current crisis through a toxic mix of greed and ignorance, it is abundantly clear that the SPI must mobilise not only the natural sciences, but also the social sciences in order to provide deeper insight into the motivation of land users to conserve land-based resources in the context of their socio-ecological systems". CSTs expressed gratitude for the coordination of the Intergovernmental Science– Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils. S E P T E M B E R 3 , 2 0 1 9 STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK BY CSO Some strategic objectives were suggested for showcasing the effective influence of CSOs for example to build capacities to facilitate the reporting from all stakeholders, particularly from Civil Society, local and indigenous peoples who develop and implement various LDN initiatives in the field. The main objective is to make more accessible reporting procedures and there is also a need to have a community of practice which would bring together scientists, government, representatives, CSOs etc. COUNTRIES’ ROLE IN COMBATING DESERTIFICATION The time has come to turn the convention into an international platform. The roles played by each country is huge for the eco system and is a need required for a valuable collateral. A systematic governance is important for sharing the desertification issue.
  2. 2. Distinguished representatives from the countries of Columbia, China, Vienna, European union, Syria, USA, Belarus, Egypt, Korea, Kenya, Venezuela among others, talked about several successful initiatives. The objective was the ways to promotes SDG 15.3 and the development activities to encourage parties to adopt sustainable development plan. Thereafter, suggestions were given by each country to jointly combat desertification. CRIC STATEMENT FOR CSO OPENING The opening statement to the Plenary meet of the Committee of the Review of Implementation of the Convention was given by Nathalie. On behalf of the CRIC, she told the assembly about the working of CSOs at the grassroot level to try to achieve LDN. She went on to explain the possibility of action can happen only when an enabling environment is created. She talked about what were the three crucial elements for an enabling environment - land tenure security, knowledge about sustainable practices of communities and finance for community led restoration practices. Nathalie explained the advantages of a joint view of the CSOs and urged the parties to take a unified decision on the implementation of the FAO Voluntary Tenure Guidelines in Land Degradation Neutrality processes. She strongly recommended to participate in green jobs and businesses that support communities who engage with restoring the land. GLOBAL MECHANISM: LOCAL ACTIONS AND LOCAL ACTORS Land Degradation Neutrality has worked a lot for the people to reach the Sustainable Development Goal of 2030, but the questions on the engagement of local stakeholders, CSOs and local communities in LDN program have not fully been answered. There are few examples proofing that engagement of local CSOs and communities, particularly women and youth, really matter. In Cambodia, majority of the livelihoods rely mainly on land and cropping but large areas of farmlands are poorly managed and fertilized, experienced with serious soil degradation and server drought as the consequence of vegetation losses and the impact of Climate Change. Live & Learn Cambodia, a local NGO and an affiliate of Live & Learn Network in the Asia Pacific region, has introduced pro-poor innovations, i.e. biochar technology, to reverse soil degradation while amending the soil quality and restoring soil bio- ecology, while providing co-benefit for GHG emission reduction in agriculture which can be simply done by individual communities, while putting carbon back into the soil and reducing emissions. Mrs. Cheang Mech, a single mother living in a poor community in Kampong Chhnang Province in Cambodia, has transformed her unproductive farmland to herb farm through the application of biochar. As the herb is growing healthily, she harvests the herb every day and her incomes have been doubled. She has started sharing the new knowledge to her neighbor and helps others to produce biochar in her village. This technology interventions could be done without participation of farmers and practitioners, particularly women and youth on the ground who are the main driving forces in agriculture sector in rural communities. It has ultimately proof that CSOs play important role in introduction of innovative ideas, knowledge and technologies, which in turn addressing LDN. E D I T E D B Y S H I N Y S I N G H , P U L K I T T E W A R I A N D A A K A N K S H A G A B A "Engagement with civil society doesn’t hurt. We need to act together to restore the land, for our children and our children’s children"