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Meetings Seek to Strengthen Forest Actions in Europe and the Mediterranean [viewed]

fao_ec1 May 2015: The reports from two forest events held in March 2015 and covering Europe and the Mediterranean have been released, focusing on the role of forests in a green economy and the future of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

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GEF, UNEP, FAO Update on Projects in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal [viewed]

gef_unep_fao28 April 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have provided updates on projects carried out in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal addressing: natural resources management; agricultural practices and the preservation of wood resources; and mountain gorilla and wetland restoration efforts.

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High-Level Dialogue Renews Commitment to REDD+ in Zambia [viewed]

zambia_unredd_undp28 April 2015: The Government of Zambia, in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), held a high-level dialogue to review its national REDD+ strategy. The dialogue reaffirmed the political commitment to the REDD+ process in Zambia and the associated target to achieve a climate change resilient economy by 2030.

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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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World Water Forum Focuses on Implementation, Commits to “Getting on with the Job” [viewed]

7_world_water_forum17 April 2015: The world's largest water meeting, the Seventh World Water Forum, concluded with a fresh commitment to action towards four overarching goals: water security for all; water for development and prosperity; water for sustainability; and constructing feasible implementation mechanisms.

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