UNCCD

Global Mechanism, IOM Project Promotes SLM in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom8 October 2014: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working on a project that promotes sustainable land management (SLM) in migration-prone areas in West-Africa through the use of innovative financing mechanisms. The three-year project, funded by the Government of Italy, supports Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Senegal in efforts to prevent land degradation and restore degraded land areas by increasing investments in SLM.

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UNCCD Mourns Death of First Executive Secretary [viewed]

diallo1 October 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is mourning the passing of Hama Arba Diallo, the Convention's first Executive Secretary who served from 1993-2007. He passed away on 1 October 2014.

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New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

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Event: Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies [viewed]

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs). Participants will be selected to attend through a nomination process and will include those directly responsible for the development, updating and/or implementation of the CBD NBSAPs and the UNCCD NAPs. Nominations should be submitted no later than 10 October 2014. This meeting will convene immediately after the North Africa Regional Workshop of the UN-Water Initiative, titled ‘Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies,' which is taking place from 17-20 November 2014.  

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ELD Study Calls for Livelihood Diversification in Botswana's Kalahari [viewed]

eld3 September 2014: A study on ecosystem service trade-offs under four different land use scenarios in Botswana's Kalahari rangelands has found that communal grazing land uses deliver the broadest range of ecosystem services. However, the study calls for policy reform to prevent an over-emphasis on commercial food production. The report is part of a series of case study outputs supported by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation [viewed]

africanunionlogo29 August 2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development.

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UNCCD: 187 Reports Submitted for 5th Reporting and Review Process [viewed]

UNCCD logo6 August 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, as of the 31 July 2014 deadline for submission, 187 reports from UNCCD Parties had been submitted for the 5th reporting and review process. Reports were submitted by 93% of affected country Parties and 67% of developed country Parties, which represents a 50% increase in reporting by affected countries and a 67% increase developed countries over the 4th reporting process.

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UNCCD Celebrates 20 Years, Embarks on New Arrangements [viewed]

UNCCD logoJune 2014: To mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Secretariat prepared an infographic with information related to key national achievements in addressing desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and achievements that could not have been accomplished without the UNCCD.

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Learning Route Shares Tools for Securing Women's Land Rights [viewed]

ILCJune 2014: The Women's Land Rights Initiative of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Procasur in Rwanda and Burundi organized a Learning Route on 'Innovative Tools and Approaches to Secure Women's Land Rights.'

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Event: 14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop [viewed]

This meeting will convene representatives and partners from the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in order to discuss issues related to REDD+ in the region, the revised convergence plan of Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), ways and means to address drivers of deforestation, and the loss of forest biodiversity.  

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