United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification


The cooperation between the IAEA and the UNCCD aims to strengthen the capacities of Member States to meet their obligations under the Desertification Convention through sustainable land management, training and capacity building, technical support, research activities, and scientific input to policy documents.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification works to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programmes that incorporate long-term strategies supported through international cooperation and partnerships.

The IAEA and UNCCD signed a Practical Arrangement on 18 April 2013 to strengthen their partnership in promoting good soil management practices, especially in areas vulnerable to or affected by soil erosion. Under the agreement, the organizations cooperate on training and capacity building initiatives, which aim to address challenges related to desertification, drought and land degradation through nuclear techniques.

The agreement allows the IAEA to maximize the impact of its technical cooperation projects in the area of soil management and to benefit from the UNCCD’s insight into land conservation needs and potential. In turn, it also helps Parties to the Desertification Convention gain access to technical support on the application of isotopic and nuclear techniques to assess the soil and water status and identify hot spots of land degradation.


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