October 2008 – August 2009
The project plans to hold a high-level scientific meeting during July 2009. This meeting will bring together key players from the scientific field in various disciplines relating to the soil and the earth, with the goal of generating ideas and options that could provide solutions to the needs defined in the ten-year strategy adopted in September 2007 in Madrid at the COP8 (Conference of the Parties). The conclusions of this meeting are to be examined at the 9th session of the Conference of Parties in autumn 2009. After the COP, the most pertinent approaches could be tested in pilot projects.
Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to combat desertification and soil degradation