CSO Statement at the High-Level Segment Round Table 2 Tuesday 24th September

Some good practices for addressing DLDD in communities which when disseminated can catalyse scale-up among people affected by DLDD. However, how to document the good practices is a problem to communities. This means that the communities and people having good practices need capacity to document them. Addressing the capacity needs means that there is the need for financial resources to do this. In reality, we cannot expect dissemination of good practices without putting resources into it.

The quest for scale up and dissemination of good practices calls for a strong partnership between scientists and traditional and indigenous knowledge practitioners. This is because traditional and indigenous knowledge has proved to be a huge potential for aggressing DLDD issues, and examples exists, some of which were articulated even in this High-Level Segment. Therefore, researchers need to do more investigation into traditional and indigenous knowledge and DLDD. Indeed, research will be relevant if it addresses the interest of communities particularly those affected by DLDD. Without secure land and DLDD community land rights, it is not only difficult to replicate good practices; there is also no incentive to replicate.

The fact that DLDD issues are not highly prioritised in the countries creates a hurdle for scaling up and dissemination of good practices. It is an undeniable fact that you can only scale up an issue if you are first of all interested in it – this is a reality. We appeal to our Honourable Ministers to take up the issues of DLDD to highest political levels at national levels. This holds key to unlock the hurdles the hurdles associated with scaling up and disseminating good practices at local, national and international levels.

Due to time restrictions this got not delivered

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