02 September 2019 - 13 September 2019
New Delhi, India

IIASA at United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification-COP 14: Restore Land to Sustain Life

Energy Program Research Scholar, Dr. Simon Parkinson, will participate in two side events during COP14 discussing some of the latest decision support tools developed at IIASA and how can these aid decision makers in developing integrated polices for managing water, energy and land-related risks. 

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Reversing land degradation and its multiple environmental and socioeconomic negative outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals is the core agenda of the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14). The UNCCD’s Conferences of the Parties (COP) is the place where governments agree on strategic and effective land use and sustainable land management goals to ensure nature and ecosystems thrive. COP14 will focus on the critical gaps in land management and planning, but also on practical actions to ensure the successes we are achieving, which are becoming more evident on the biophysical level, increase human well-being everywhere. Within this framework, Dr Simon Parkinson will be presenting the outcomes of the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL), a project developed in partnership with UNIDO and GEF. The focus of Dr Parkinson interventions will be placed on discussing how the regional nexus modeling tools developed in ISWEL can help informing decision makers in the development of integrated planning policies in attaining the SDGs.

The two side events are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 3th September 2019 - 18:00-20:00 

Side Event: "Addressing Water-Energy-Food Nexus by Clean-tech Innovations'' organized by UNIDO

Thursday 12th September 2019 - 15:00-17:00

Sessions in India Pavilion: "Land, water and energy nexus" presentation by Dr. Simon Parkinson - IIASA.

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Simon Parkinson

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group|Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

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Barbara Willaarts

Research Scholar

Water Security Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 323

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