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19 to 20 June 2023 | By invitation only

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Desertification and land degradation (DLD) pose significant challenges to achieving sustainable development goals as they affect soil, air and water quality and threaten forest and woodlands, pasture, rangelands and irrigated and rain-fed croplands. In recognition of the severe threat and impact of DLD on the economy, human well-being, and the environment, NEASPEC member States have developed various policies and programmes to combat DLD and established networks and partnerships to take joint actions in affected countries and areas.

In line with the NEASPEC Strategic Plan 2021-2025, the expert group meeting aims to develop a subregional approach and propose activities on DLD under NEASPEC for consideration by member States. To facilitate the discussion, the findings of the stock-taking study on the interlinkages of DLD and climate change and the stakeholder survey result will be presented as well.

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19 Jun 2023
Opening session
  • Opening and welcome remarks
  • Tour de Table
  • Introduction of the meeting
Session 1: Reviewing DLD in North-East Asia: current status, trends and impacts

In this session, experts will share insights on the status, trends and impacts of DLD faced by countries in North-East Asia and discuss policies in place to prevent DLD.

  • Presentation by experts on the status and trends of DLD
  • Discussion
Session 2: Identifying the Challenges: Drivers and Risks of DLD in North-East Asia

With the aim to identify key issues to be addressed by NEASPEC, the session will discuss the main drivers of DLD in North-East Asia and future risk factors such as climate change, among others.

  • Presentation of NEASPEC stock-taking study
  • Presentations on drivers and future risks
  • Discussion
Session 3: Collaborating for change: Formulating a subregional approach and potential activities for consideration of member States

The session will discuss tentative NEASPEC activities to address DLD in North-East Asia, avoiding duplications and creating synergies with other existing platforms such as DLDD-NEAN.

  • Presenting survey outcomes
  • Reviewing existing platforms and gaps/niches for NEASPEC
  • Discussing tentative NEASPEC activities in 2024-2025
Closing session
20 Jun 2023
Field visit to Gobi Desert (tbc)

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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