International Symposium:
Evaluation and Monitoring of Desertification
−Synthetic Activities for the Contribution to UNCCD−

Date and time:
February 2nd (Monday), 2004; 9:00-18:00
Conference Room, Climate Change Research Hall
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506 Japan
Organized by:
NIES, Japan
Co-organized by: Global Environmental Forum, Japan
Official Language:
English (No translation service)
Registration Fee:
Contact Person: Dr. Hideyuki SHIMIZU,
International Coordination Researcher,
Office of International Coordination, NIES,
16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506 Japan
TEL: +81-29-850-2451, 850-2309
FAX: +81-29-850-2433, 850-2586, 851-2854

Background and Objectives

"Desertification" is a serious environmental problem mainly caused by human activities combined with environmental changes. Progressing desertification in extensive region on our planet has been affecting and will continue to impact human society including global environment and food security at present and in future. The United Nations adopted the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1994, and the necessity of positive promotion to combat desertification was confirmed in the world.

Although desertification was estimated to affect one forth of all land area and one sixth of all populations, their exact values have not been clarified until now. Therefore, the Conference of the Parties (COP) of UNCCD has repeatedly required the establishment of scientific methods on evaluation and monitoring of desertification. The Group of Expert was installed under the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of UNCCD in 2002 for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of CST activities including the examination and discussion on Desertification Monitoring and Assessment (DMA). In Asia, the "Thematic Program Network 1 (TPN1)", the first activity in Asian region to combat desertification under UNCCD, is concentrating to examine the DMA. In Japan, it has been recognized that the related researches for contributing and supporting to these international activities should be promoted from the scientific standpoint.

"Desertification" is closely related to natural and socioeconomic conditions in each local area, while in the meantime, there should be some universal processes. It is necessary to develop the systematic methods for evaluating desertification by comparison of individual activities in each desertificated region, even at the viewpoints of evaluating countermeasures. Therefore, the synthetic activities must be important by sharing the knowledge/information in different desertificated regions on the evaluation/monitoring of the present state in order to find out the effective direction for combating desertification.

In this symposium, we try to compare the present state of desertification and desertification researches in the representative Asian region, to clarify the characteristics and problems of desertification in common and in each unique local region, and also to examine the direction of desertification research to be advanced in near future.

−Program (tentative)−February 2nd 2004
Poster presentation
  09:00 Poster setting
Please keep your poster at the poster presentation gallery until the end of mixing party.
  09:30 Opening Address.
    PartI: International activities related to UNCCD

Ministry of Environment (MOE), Japan
TPN Activities/UNCCD

  10:20 Coffee break and Poster Session
    PartII: Desertification Researches in Asia

(1) East Asia

  12:20 Lunch and Poster Session

(2) Central and South Asia

  15:20 Coffee break and Poster Session
    PartIII: Integration of Evaluation and Monitoring of Desertification

(1) Global Mapping
(2) Desertification Monitoring & assessment (Benchmark & Indicators)
(3) Desertification model

Please keep 20 minutes/person for each oral presentation including question and answer.

  17:20 Advisory Board of the Project of Desertification, GELF, Japan
  17:55 Closing Address
  18:30 Mixing Party

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