The Regional Preparatory Meeting of the Annex IV countries – Northern Mediterranean was chaired by Turkey, allowing the national representatives to review the items on the agenda of the CRIC. Representatives of the Secretariat of the Convention, the Global Mechanism and MIROVA under the Neutrality Fund, each presented in detail the contents of the reports to be discussed at the CRIC. The countries were able to ask their questions of clarification and share their experiences concerning in particular the implementation of land degradation neutrality and the drought initiative. In particular, we learn that Portugal is planning to establish its voluntary NDT targets in the near future and wishes to benefit from the sharing of experiences of other countries. Sharing of experiences is also identified as necessary regarding drought monitoring systems, and Slovenia could particularly contribute by drawing on its expertise in this area.