French Scientific Committee on Desertification


CSFD has been created in 1997 by the ministerial departments in charge of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Ministry for Higher Education and Ministry of Research).

CSFD, as an independent multidisciplinary committee that provides expert advice, is headed by a president and includes around 20 members from the main French scientific research institutions. They are appointed for their expertise in a personal capacity for a 3-year term by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

CSFD produces, disseminates and makes effective use of scientific knowledge for the benefit of different communities, while guiding and advising policymakers and civil society stakeholders in France and affected countries. In addition, it bolsters the position of the French scientific community globally and participates in French delegations involved in events pertaining to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

CSFD is actively involved in European and global networks. It is a founding member of DesertNet International, a multidisciplinary network that provides a platform for scientific discussion on all questions concerning desertification.

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