The fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) convened in New Delhi, India, from 2-13 September 2019.
- Land restoration is the cheapest solution to climate change and biodiversity loss;
- Land restoration makes business sense if regulations and incentives to reward investment are in place;
- Drought preparedness and response are critical in the face of climate change.
The adopted decisions included guidance on how to implement four thematic policy frameworks approved at the last COP13, addressing drought, gender, sand and dust storms, as well as desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) as a driver for human migration.
Francisco Rilla, Ramsar Director of Science and Policy made interventions highlighting that: