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International Workshop on Climate and Land Degradation

Arusha, Tanzania
11-15 December 2006

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Workshop Overview

The WMO and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat organized this workshop to bring together experts in the area of climate and land degradation to present state of-the-art papers, real world applications and innovative techniques for combating land degradation, and offered recommendations for effectively using weather and climate information for sustainable land management practices. Several other organizations also co-sponsored this workshop. The specific objectives and expected outcomes are listed below. 

By its Decision 20, the Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP-7) to the UNCCD, which was held Nairobi, Kenya from 17 to 28 October 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya, welcomed the offer of WMO to organize and find the necessary funding for an International Workshop on Climate and Land Degradation in 2006 to mark the International Year of Desert and Desertification (IYDD) and invited the CST to assist the WMO in bringing together experts for the workshop and to present the workshop’s results to the COP at its eighth session.

Related WMO Publications 

Climate and Land Degradation. 2007. Edited by M.V.K. Sivakumar and Ndegwa Ndiang'ui. Springer. 623 pages.

Climate and Land Degradation Book

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Proceedings from Workshop presented at UNCCD COP-8 in Madrid, Spain in Sep 2007.

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Climate and Land Degradation. 2005. WMO Pub No. 989. 

Climate and Land Degradation Brochure Cover

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Drought Monitoring and Early Warning: Concepts, Progress, and Future Challenges. 2006. WMO Pub. No 1006.

Dorught Brochure cover

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DVD of WMO Side Event on Climate and Land Degradation at UNCCD COP-7 (Oct 2005)

Climate and Land Degradation DVD cover


Specific Workshop Objectives

  • To survey the status of, and summarize the information on, trends in land degradation at the national and regional levels; 
  • To review and assess the extent to which weather and climate data and information are currently used at the national and regional levels in order to adequately monitor and assess land degradation and to develop sustainable land management practices to combat land degradation; 
  • To provide recommendations on appropriate strategies for reducing land degradation through more effective use of weather and climate information and applications;
  • To assess the historic loss of terrestrial carbon pool due to land degradation, and estimate the potential of carbon sequestration in soil/terrestrial ecosystems through soil restoration and desertification control;
  • To assess the feasibility of restoring degraded/desertified lands on achieving food security in developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America;
  • To document case studies of successful measures to manage land use, protect land and mitigate land degradation;
  • To suggest ways and means of improving the implementation of the National Action Programmes (NAPs) through the effective use of early warning.

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Expected Workshop Outcomes

Senior experts in the field of climate change, agrometeorology, as well as members of the UNCCD Group of Experts are invited to prepare state-of-the-art discussion papers to address the above objectives. The programme for the meeting is designed in such a way as to engage all the participants in discussions on each of these discussion papers and develop appropriate recommendations for all organizations involved in the land management practices, in particular the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. 

Proceedings of the Meeting will be published by WMO and UNCCD and will be widely distributed to promote the use of weather and climate information for sustainable land management to arrest land degradation.  

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Workshop Co-Sponsors 

  • OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  • Tanzania Meteorological Agency
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

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