In Photos: DDLD at COP18

Over a quarter of world’s population lives in areas that are facing increasing level of drought, desertification and land degradation. Previously we have shared with you blogs that described how these issues were discussed at the 18th session  of the Conference of the Parties (COP18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18). This time we bring you a bouquet of photos that highlight some best moments of those discussions:

Forest and land degradation was discussed all day on the 5th Agriculture, Landscape and Livelihood Day. There was concern over the rate of degradation and its growing effect on people's lives.

On 3rd Dec, which was the second day of the 5th Agriculture, Landscape and Livelihood Day, Forest and land degradation was discussed all day long. The day started with a key note speech by Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme. During the day, the discussion centered around the rate of degradation and its growing effect on people’s lives and food security.

Speaking on the occasion, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of UNCCD said, 'Land degradation is not something happening at a remote corner of the world affecting just a handful of people, but was something that actually affecting the global food basket'.

Speaking on the occasion, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of UNCCD said that land degradation was not something that was happening at a remote corner of the world and affecting just a handful of people. Instead, it was something that was actually affecting the global food basket’.

The 2-day event also saw a lot of discussions on and around forest degradation.

The 2-day event also saw a lot of discussions on and around forest degradation. New reports on the issues were launched, findings of many studies were shared , concerns were raised and also answered.

The evening of 3rd December, over a gala dinner, UNCCD and Qatar Food Program honored three civil society organizations from Turkey, Uganda and Haiti with the first 'Land for Life' award.

The evening of 3rd December, over a gala dinner, UNCCD and Qatar National Food Security Programme honored three civil society organizations respectively from Turkey, Uganda and Haiti with the first ‘Land for Life’ award.

The award, given in recognition to the winners' effort to fight land degradation, improve soil condition and  also raise public awareness about DDLD issues, was described as the winners as 'a great motivating factor to continue the work'.

The award, given in recognition to the winners’ effort to fight land degradation, improve soil condition and also raise public awareness about DDLD issues, was described as the winners as ‘a great motivating factor to continue the work’.

Dryland was also discussed at a high level side event  where the main issue was Food Security in Dry Lands under a Changing Climate. Co-hosted by  the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, the event highlighted initiatives by the Host Country for addressing food security and dry land issues . Panelists also urged UN leaders to support countries in implementing sustainable and people-centered solutions to the challenge of climate change

Dryland was also discussed at a high level side event where the main issue was Food Security in Dry Lands under a Changing Climate. Co-hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, the event highlighted initiatives by the Host Country (Qatar) for addressing food security and dry land issues . Panelists also urged UN leaders to support countries in implementing sustainable and people-centered solutions to the challenge of climate change

– Stella Paul, from Doha

On 6th December, at an interesting side event, Sergio Zelaya of UNCCD drew the audience's attention towards the importance of grassland in mitigating climate change. 'there is  huge carbon sequestration potential in grassland', said Zeleya.

Finally, on 6th Dec, at an interesting side event, Sergio Zelaya of UNCCD drew the audience’s attention towards the importance of grassland in mitigating climate change. ‘there is huge carbon sequestration potential in grassland’, said Zeleya.

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2 thoughts on “In Photos: DDLD at COP18

  1. Geetika Silwal

    A message of hope…nicely captured. Congrats to UNCCD for putting a lesser known subject under the archlight

    Reply

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