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Sustainable Energy to Combat Desertification
January 18-22, 1999 is the date for the next INFORSE Coordinators' Meeting. It will be organised as an e-mail conference, following the decision of the 1997 meeting of only having coordinators meet in person every second year.
Desertification affects the livelihood and food supply of over 900 million people worldwide, especially in Africa. The UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in ‘92, initiated the preparation of the United Nation’s Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Convention was adopted in June ‘94, and in December ‘96 it entered into force. The Convention recognises the role of renewable-energy technologies in combating desertification, especially in reducing dependence on wood for fuel and for pumping water. The Second Conference of Parties (COP2) to UNCCD will take place in Dakar, Senegal, November 30 to December 11, ‘98. ENDA in Senegal will co-ordinate the NGO community at COP2. The experience of INFORSE members and other NGOs in using renewables in arid land will be presented at a NGO workshop during the COP2, under the topic, “Renewables as a means to combat desertification.” In parallel with the workshop, there will be a NGO exhibition of posters and other informational material. The activities will give NGOs an opportunity to inject their experience into the UNCCD process. Other expected results are: development of proposal for actions to disseminate renewable energy technologies in arid areas. start of joint activities to follow up on COP2. For participation, proposals for contributions, and further info, contact: ENDA, or the INFORSE Secretariat.
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ISSUE #22, Sustainable Energy News (16 pages) (1998-09-01)
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