ECO-IEST to Develop a Project for Combating Desertification in the ECO Region
Desertification in ECO RegionECO-IEST: Desertification is a global issue, with serious implications worldwide for biodiversity, eco-safety, poverty eradication, socio-economic stability and sustainable development. It manifests itself in many different forms across Asia including ECO region. ECO Member States are mainly located in arid or semi-arid areas and increased frequency and severity of droughts during the last few decades along with the problems due to development projects and population growth has worsened land degradation in several parts of the Region and intensified the problems of dust haze and sand storm which threatens the livelihood and welfare of millions of people all over the region [UNCCD].
During the 23rd Regional Planning Council in February 2014, the Council acknowledged the negative impacts of the desertification and deforestation on the overall environmental situation of the ECO Region and requested the ECO-IEST to cooperate with the Secretariat in preparation of a Project Proposal relating to combat desertification with a special emphasis in dust haze and sand storm in the region.
Consequently and after several consultation meetings with the Directorate of Energy, Minerals and Environment, ECO-IEST is developing a draft outline for the above mentioned project to be considered by the Member States and ECO Decision Making bodies.

the 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment”, (17 December 2014 – Istanbul) mandated the Institute with the above project implementation, including a number of pilot training/workshop sessions.

The overall goal of the proposed project is to prevent, control and reverse desertification/ land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought through capacity building, establishing a framework for national and regional reporting and sound policies, programmes and measures, standard setting, advocacy and resource mobilization and poverty reduction.