23 Jul 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) With Namibia hosting COP 11 in September this year, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism organised a one-day training workshop for local journalists here on Wednesday.
Environmental Commissioner Teofilus Nghitila said in an invitation to the event on Monday that the ministry intends to build capacity among local journalists by offering training on the upcoming 11th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The training centers around implications of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).
COP 11 is scheduled to take place as from 16 to 27 September 2013 in the capital.
Given the far reaching implications of DLDD within the sub-Saharan Africa and the ongoing situation in Namibia with efforts to combat this scourge, platforms such as COP is key to give due attention to addressing these issues. Most importantly, the role of the media in disseminating information and assisting in the fight to combat DLDD is high on the agenda, he explained.
COP 11 will be convened under the theme A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World.
The conference will build upon the results of the second and third UNCCD scientific conferences, and review the progress after the completion of the first half of the 10-year strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018). The event will also reflect the UNCCD vision of a way forward after the Rio+20 outcomes on land degradation, desertification and drought.
The Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Luc Gnacadja will open the workshop and deliberate on the importance of his organisation.
The event includes presentations from local and international experts with topics ranging from amongst others, Namibias policy framework on land degradation; land degradation and its manifestations; land degradation and water; and measuring land degradation.
It is estimated that 2 000 to 3 000 delegates will attend COP 11, which is held for the first time on the African continent. A total of 195 countries are party to the Convention.
The UNCCDs COP 11 includes discussion by several regional groups, a sustainable land management exhibition, and the participation of various international non-government organisations (NGOs), key experts, and researches.
UNCCD COP 10 took place from 10 to 21 October 2011 in Changwon, Republic of Korea.