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UNCCD knowledge management

Overview of COP Decisions on Knowledge Management

The purpose of developing a comprehensive UNCCD knowledge management system is to address the Convention’s various information management tasks and needs, using a coherent, value-driven and practical method. Such architecture provides an organized pathway to discover information on the Convention, the implementation of The Strategy, and the participants in the Convention process. The Knowledge Hub aims to promote new collaborations by offering opportunities to widely gather and disseminate knowledge and scale up results.

Effective information delivery and management is an important aspect of the operational framework of the UNCCD Strategy. The Knowledge Hub therefore aims to actively influence relevant international, national and local processes and actors to adequately address desertification/land degradation and drought-related issues and to support solutions to combat desertification/land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought.

The Knowledge Hub responds to identified needs and demands, but also supports the capacities and resources of the participating stakeholders, including the Secretariat itself, to carry out the tasks needed for its development, implementation and maintenance.

Documents ICCD/CST(S-2)/6 and ICCD/COP(10)/CST/9 report on progress made in developing the comprehensive knowledge management system of the UNCCD.

The Convention of the Parties (COP; Decision 21/COP.10) requested the secretariat to continue to improve knowledge management, including, but not limited to

  1. Elaborating an information platform related to desertification/land degradation and drought, building on existing similar information and categorizations where appropriate and useful.
  2. Carrying out the taxonomy for internal content categorization with respect to the UNCCD.
  3. Defining criteria and priorities applicable to knowledge management under the Convention, taking into account the results of the knowledge needs assessment.
  4. Preparing the necessary policies, procedures and guidelines for improving the quality and coherence of information products prepared internally and externally.
  5. Establishing synergetic partnerships with existing initiatives/networks.
  6. Encouraging the establishment of links with regional knowledge management systems via existing networks
  7. Identifying flexible strategies for the transfer, development, deployment and use of proven technologies.

Best practices

The Committee on Science and Technology (CST) works on traditional knowledge and best practices (Previous Thematic Topics considered by the CST). The Committee to Review the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), in the framework of the reporting process (PRAIS), dedicates its work to the issue of best practices on the implementation of the Convention. One of the seven themes is "sustainable land management technology, including adaptation". Therefore, both the CST and the CRIC Bureau are working together to promote the analysis and dissemination of best practices, according to the respective mandates of the CST and the CRIC.

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