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3rd Scientific Conference



The UNCCD 3rd scientific conference on “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices” (decision 18/COP.10) took place at the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancun, Mexico.

Global changes are expected to aggravate DLDD and the vulnerability of populations, particularly those living in drylands. Thus, the conference focused on how to anticipate the impact of climate change and land degradation, in order to be able to promote adaptive and sustainable land management approaches to reduce poverty and land degradation while achieving sustainable development.

The conference, which was organized by the consortium "Scientific & Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development" (STK4SD) under the guidance of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), gathered nearly 300 participants from 90 countries.​

Preparatory documents


Related COP Decisions & CST documents