2017/10/02 Ordos, China
In dryland ecosystems – where water is scarce – changes in climate and land use directly impact soil productivity. Because livelihoods depend heavily on the produce of the land, scientific guidance and policy support are key to protecting and developing the available resources.
At the 13 session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), state delegations from 196 countries gathered in Ordos, China, to decide on a global strategy to stop land degradation in the run-up to 2030. Dr Kai Schwärzel of the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) joined discussions as a member of the United Nations University delegation at the high-level congregation that took place on 6-16 September 2017.