A Better World - Volume 4

[ ]9 L ife on L and In addition to the templates, the UNCCD secretariat, the Global Mechanism and United Nations Environment Programme, with financial support from the Global Environment Facility, held regional workshops to inform parties of the reporting requirements and provided techni- cal assistance throughout the reporting period. A learning course and manuals on how to submit a report are also avail- able online, and can be downloaded for free. All the reports submitted to the secretariat will be analyzed and discussed at the Conference, during the sessions of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), held well ahead of the COP. At the CRIC, technical experts in land rehabilitation and restoration will look at the findings, draw conclusions and submit to the COP targeted recommendations on how to advance implementa- tion of the Convention. How to get involved? In order to qualify as an LDN initiative, the design and implementation of the transformative project or programme must involve various actors — governments, individuals, communities, the private sector, local governments and all other land users. The Convention requires national plans and actions for combatting land degradation that are stakeholder driven. These processes provide opportunities for various types of actors to be involved in some or all the phases of planning and implementation. Interested parties should: • Determine if the country concerned has made the commit- ment to set a target • If a target or targets exist, find out the location(s) where the government is planning to take action • Determine where and when the stakeholder dialogues will take place • Identify which local authorities or communities it would be of benefit to work with or to provide support for • Approach the leaders with the offer of contribution, as well as a member of the community that might need assis- tance or other land users with whom it would be possible to work in order to combine strengths. Any land user anywhere in the world can make a difference by opting to use methods that increase the natural fertility of the soil and the ability of the land to absorb water and moisture. In general, governments are the primary entry points of the Convention at country level, but there are also platforms for working with civil society organizations, as well as a separate platform for non-governmental organizations, and one for the private sector. Parliamentarians, scientists and women’s groups also have their own forums. International and inter-governmental organizations mostly partner with the Convention to support countries in carry- ing out the work. For instance, the International Union for Nature Conservation is helping countries to operationalize LDN. The UN Development Programme and UN Women are supporting the work on gender mainstreaming. UN Environment Programme worked with the secretariat to produce the reporting templates and manuals. The Global Environment Facility is financing many of the activities at country level, including some of the TPPs. Avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation is a prerequisite for sustainable development and human secu- rity. This makes achieving the goal of Life on Land important, urgent, and a priority for all countries and communities at all levels. A warming climate could negatively affect small farm holders like this one in Vietnam due to the soil’s inability to store water and maintain its fertility Preparing the ground for planting. The bunds help rainwater to soak into the ground Image: Bayram Ayhan Image: Son Ho Ngoc