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Today June 17 the world is celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) entered into force on December 26, 1996.
The UNCCD came out of a call from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) (the Rio Conference) which supported a new, integrated approach to the problem of desertification, emphasizing action to promote sustainable development at the community level. It also called on the United Nations General Assembly to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INCD) to prepare, by June 1994, a Convention to Combat Desertification.
The project has an ambitious goal to achieve harmonization of various land management policies, ranging from the Forest Conservation Act to the Mining Act. The project will bring together stakeholders across different agencies and institutions to achieve policy harmonization and, ultimately, sustainable land management.
UNDP with our Implementing Partner, the Forestry Department, is administering GEF funds for the project entitled Capacity Building for Sustainable Land Management in Jamaica. The project aims to minimize and prevent land degradation by mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management (SLM) through various means.
This morning the Inception Workshop and First Stakeholder Consultation were held at the Terra Nova Hotel. Our Deputy Resident Representative, Akiko Fujii, brought Greetings on behalf of UNDP at the Opening Ceremony.