Civil society delivers strong opening statement at UNCCD COP 11 in Namibia
During the opening session of the ongoing 11th COP of the UNCCD Monday 16 September, civil society organisations present delivered a strong statement focusing on the fact that local and indigenous communities will be the hardest hit by land degradation and desertification.
The CSO opening statement highlighted that over the years, CSOs has repeatedly drawn attention to a number of on-going actions like agribusiness, agro-fuels, land grabbing and mining which are contributing to degradation of community lands, stressing that activities such as mining operations are becoming key drivers of land degradation and pollution in drylands. This poses a critical challenge to attainment of food security, human rights and sustainable development in the communities, and do not help in the struggle to combat land degradation.
Civil society also expressed concerns that the implementation of valuable decisions and initiatives put in place by the Parties to the UNCCD is too slow on the ground. This concerns the National Action Programs (NAPs) as well as the 10 year strategy. Civil society urged parties to increase the CSOs involvement in national coordinating bodies to facilitate their participation in the process of alignment of National Action Programs.
Click here to read the full Opening statement.