Tenth International SUMAMAD Workshop

12 – 14 November 2012, La Paz, Bolivia

Within the framework of the second phase of the Project “Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD-2)”, UNESCO and the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, have organized the project’s tenth international workshop which has been held in La Paz (Bolivia), from 12 – 14 November 2012. This workshop is the fourth meeting of the SUMAMAD Project team leaders within the second phase of the SUMAMAD project (2009-2013).

The SUMAMAD Project itself is implemented by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in direct collaboration with the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), thanks to funding provided by the Flemish Government of Belgium.


The Tenth International SUMAMAD Workshopbrings together all designated national project coordinators from the above-mentioned project partner research institutions and the members of the project core management group. The workshop’s objectives will be to:

  • Review the implementation of the SUMAMAD Project and its national field project activities since the 9th international SUMAMAD workshop held in Bobo Dioulasso in December 2011;
  • Discuss technical issues for the implementation of the SUMAMAD Project in 2012 and future project activities.
  • Further reflect on and finalize the structure of the final publication of the SUMAMAD Phase 2  project phase as well as the policy brief for decision-makers as a result of SUMAMAD-2 activities.

Moreover, the national project coordinators are invited to provide an overview of the main results of their SUMAMAD project activities since the beginning of the second phase of the project in 2009. It is suggested that each presentation should not exceed 20 minutes, which will be followed by a discussion.

The papers to be presented by the national coordinators should be structured into two parts:

  1. the first and shorter part should inform on field project activities carried out in 2012 as well as on national training seminars that were conducted in the context of SUMAMAD in 2012, in particular with regard to involving local people and local stakeholders in dryland management.
  2. the second and more substantial part should inform on the main project results and findings covering the entire period of the second phase of SUMAMAD (2009 to early 2013). This part of the presentation will also provide the main elements of information for the preparation of the final SUMAMAD Project publications.
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