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Activities > Combating Desertification and Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) Reduction in Northeast Asia

Expert Dialog for Joint Research on
Combating Desertification and Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) Reduction in Northeast Asia
(Side event of the XV World Forestry Congress)
6 May 2022
Seoul, Korea


This is a summary report of the activity desertification and SDS (Sand and Dust Storms) experts from the local countries and communities throughout Northeast Asia, which was held at Conference Room 308A, Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea(ROK) on May 6th 2022.

The workshop benefited from the participation of resource people from China, Mongolia, Russia, and Republic of Korea both online and offline, who have been involved in many kinds of projects on combating desertification and SDS reduction in their countries.

In the course of the workshop, they shared their country experiences, best practices, the challenges encountered and the lessons learned. Then, they agreed to further strengthen regional cooperation within DLDD-NEAN (the Northeast Asia Network for DLDD), an official reporting entity, which is a sub-regional cooperation platform for the implementation of the UNCCD in Northeast Asia, since its launch at the UNCCD COP10 in Changwon.

It is expected that experts' participation in the network will contribute to reinforcing regional cooperation including combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), sand and dust storms (SDS), achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) in the region and boosting joint activities within the network. This affiliation will also facilitate further interregional cooperation and partnerships, strengthening ties between regional annexes and the Convention and to strengthen the network as a platform for promoting regional cooperation, focusing especially on knowledge and information sharing, technical cooperation, and a joint research projects.

Participants agreed that the workshop had effectively demonstrated to them the importance of the combating desertification and forest's benefits that it could generate for their countries. Furthermore, the workshop exercises were helpful in clarifying for them the steps and actions that need to be taken to operationalize efforts for combating desertification and SDS reduction. Several expressed interest in planning and participating in future joint research projects with the support of DLDD-NEAN. Also, participants emphasized the need to increase public awareness of the importance of combating desertification and SDS reduction and to engage public and private sector stakeholders in order to address DLDD and SDS issues in the region more effectively.


Updated on 26 May 2022

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