Australian Actions to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation

National Report by Australia on Measures Taken to Support Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Commonwealth Intergovernmental Working Group for the UNCCD, April 2002

Purpose of this Report

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa (UNCCD) was signed by Australia on 14 October 1994. The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs deposited the instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary General in New York on 15 May 2000, signalling Australia's agreement to become a Party to the Convention. Ratification was complete in September 2000.

As a developed, affected Party to the Convention, this national report has been prepared with particular reference to parts 2, 3 and 5 of Article 26 of the Convention. It is intended to provide an overview of actions in Australia for the First Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention in Bonn, 18 - 29 November 2002.

This report was prepared by the Commonwealth (Federal) Intergovernmental Working Group for the UNCCD. The report draws on information provided by the Working Group agencies, existing information prepared to support Australia's ratification of the Convention, published reports on the status of the Australian environment and natural resource management and case studies as provided by the relevant organisations. These sources of information are listed in the 'References' section of the report.

All monetary figures are quoted in $AUD unless otherwise specified.

Commonwealth Intergovernmental Working Group for the UNCCD
Department of Environment and Heritage (Chair)
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Agency for International Development

April 2002