DE President, David Oswald, was invited to present at the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) COP13 conference being held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China between September 6 to 16, 2017. David presented to the plenary for the CRIC (Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention) on DE’s work on integrated environmental analysis for reporting to the UNCCD and other MEAs (Multi-Lateral Environmental Agreements). The presentation was delivered on Friday September 8, 2017 to distinguished delegates representing the 195 Parties to the Convention (download presentation).
The presentation was started with a reference to Nintai Aiki Ju Jitsu and the need for a ‘Ju Jitsu mindset’ in this kind of work. The metaphor being that capitalizing on positioning and leverage can result in an amplified impact. The adage of “minimum effort, maximum impact” was used, implying that creative design, collaboration, and innovation, can result in significant advances in the progress towards the global goal of net zero land degradation by 2030 and the pursuit of the LDN (Land Degradation Neutrality) agenda. Generalized models were demonstrated and lessons learned from work in the Caribbean was shared as part of the presentation which can be downloaded here.