New Delhi, Sep 4: The 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is currently underway at Greater Noida, on Wednesday witnessed a multitude of significant discussions on land management. On day three of the UNCCD COP14, include the meeting of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) with a discussion on monitoring framework for the strategic objective on drought. The COP has considered the need for a specific indicator for the strategic objective on drought, which is contained in the UNCCD's 2018– 2030 strategic framework adopted by member countries at the previous session.
The bureau of the CST, in collaboration with other members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI), formed a working group to review the options and possible indicators, an official release said. "The working group took into consideration relevant work within UNCCD processes and from other associated intergovernmental processes related to the monitoring of drought and the resilience of vulnerable populations and ecosystems to drought, including indicators currently in use at the national level, as reported by countries to the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), and various reports from other relevant international organisations", it said.
The working group on drought also took into consideration past decisions of the COP, providing a framework for monitoring and evaluation of UNCCD impact/progress indicators, which allows the COP to set indicators for monitoring, while allowing for refinement, and enhance its potential effectiveness, based on national capacities and circumstances.
The working group concluded that there are a wide range of approaches to defining and then monitoring drought. India is the host country of UNCCD COP14, started from September 2 to 13 this month. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will inaugurate the high-level segment meeting on September 9. Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar had earlier stated that good outcomes are expected of the UNCCD which will be notified in the Delhi Declaration. (UNI)