In September I attended the UNCCD COP11 in Namibia. It was really nice to be back to Southern Africa and I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit like coming home when I saw the sun rise over the dry hills and thorny bushes of the Kalahari. I stayed with a friend in Windhoek and got to meet a lot of my former colleagues from all across Africa, so at times the negotiations felt actually like a big family reunion. Besides I actually participated in a number of meetings and presented some of the issues I have been working on over the last couple of months. Unfortunately there was not enough time to get out in the bush, but I am hopeful that there will be another opportunity….