Navigation Links
UNCCD recognizes importance of satellites for combating desertification
Date:9/19/2007

Desertification is a worldwide problem that poses a severe challenge to more than 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries. Delegates from 191 signatories to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification gathered in Madrid, Spain, from 3 to 14 September to address this problem that affects a quarter of the Earths land surface.

During the conference, the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) met to agree upon a new 10-year plan to stem desertification and set measurable objectives with a timeline for achieving them.

ESA has been working closely with the UNCCD secretariat for more than five years to develop tailored and standardised information services based on satellite observations to assess and monitor desertification and its trends over time.

In 2004, ESA launched a satellite-based information system called DesertWatch to work with three of the European countries most affected by desertification Italy, Portugal and Turkey. In addition to helping national and regional authorities to assess and monitor land degradation and desertification, DesertWatch also aims to support these authorities in reporting to the UNCCD.

Speaking at the conference, Lcio Pires do Ros rio of the Portuguese UNCCD National Focal Point illustrated the DesertWatch approach as one of the best practices related to assessing and monitoring land degradation, vulnerability and rehabilitation.

Rosrio suggested the UNCCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST) should consider adopting DesertWatch as one of the UNCCD tools for monitoring some of the key land degradation indicators listed in the 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the UNCCD. This proposal is scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting of the CST in 2008.

ESA hosted a side event at the UNCCD COP entitled Monitoring Land degradation from Space: the DesertWatch project?. The side event organised jointly by ESA and the UNCCD National Coordinating Bodies of Portugal, Italy and Turkey allowed more than 80 people plus delegates from different countries to view results from the DesertWatch project.

DesertWatch focuses on Northern Mediterranean countries, but ESA is preparing a follow-on project that will generalise the methodology and adapt the developed land degradation indicators for countries outside this region. DesertWatch takes place as part of ESAs EO Data User Element (DUE).

The UNCCD was established in 1994 in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which recognised desertification as a major social and environmental problem. Desertification does not so much refer to the spread of existing deserts as the creation of new ones, through the reduction of productivity of vulnerable dryland areas by soil deterioration and erosion as well as the long-term loss of natural vegetation.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mariangela D'Acunto
mariangela.dacunto@esa.int
39-069-418-0856
European Space Agency
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. What recognizes what in plant disease resistance?
2. Mimicking how the brain recognizes street scenes
3. New details on how the immune system recognizes influenza
4. The critical importance of mangroves to ocean life
5. New method confirms importance of fungi in Arctic nitrogen cycle
6. Satellites show Amazon parks, indigenous reserves stop forest clearing
7. Satellites shed light on global warming
8. Researcher at UGA College of Veterinary Medicine identifies new way of combating viral diseases
9. Asleep in the deep: Model helps assess ocean-injection strategy for combating greenhouse effect
10. Retinol for combating leukemia cells
11. Combating anthrax: Results of study published this month as researchers look for a better vaccine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... Sweden , April 28, 2016 First ... M (139.9), up 966% compared with the first quarter of 2015 ... profit totaled SEK 589.1 M (loss: 18.8) and the operating margin ... 7.12 (loss: 0.32) Cash flow from operations was SEK ... The 2016 revenue guidance is unchanged, SEK 7,000-8,500 M. ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... Market 2016-2020"  report to their offering.  , ,     ... The analysts forecast the global multimodal biometrics market ... the period 2016-2020.  Multimodal biometrics is ... as the healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive, and government ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... CHICAGO , April 15, 2016  A ... companies make more accurate underwriting decisions in a ... offering timely, competitively priced and high-value life insurance ... health screenings. With Force Diagnostics, rapid ... and lifestyle data readings (blood pressure, weight, pulse, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/19/2016)... - I dati saranno presentati nel ... ° Congresso della Società Americana di ... Le conclusioni dello studio indicano un tasso di risposta del ... 90% presenta una d urata della risposta (Duration Of ... cento dei pazienti ha riscontrato un beneficio clinico.   ...
(Date:5/18/2016)... The Biotech industry continues to face a wave ... no opportunities ahead. Today, ActiveWallSt.com has on its list these ... Seattle Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: SGEN ), Chiasma Inc. ... OPHT ). Sign up now to receive our free ... Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc.,s shares gained 0.68%, closing Tuesday,s ...
(Date:5/18/2016)... ... ... The Academy of Model Aeronautics has been helping graduating seniors achieve their ... $1 million in awarded scholarships. , The AMA is happy to announce that this ... has helped bring the total of AMA scholarships that have been given to college-bound ...
(Date:5/17/2016)... ... May 17, 2016 , ... DryLet, LLC, a ... announced today it will be showcasing ManureMagicâ„¢ at booth V1061 at the World ... the Wall Street Journal last year and more recently made news as the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: