Capacity Building & Education

ICRAF Publishes Guide on Conservation Agriculture with Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry CentreApril 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a guide for farmers and extension staff, titled ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees (CAWT): Principles and Practice.' The guide aims to assist extension agents in conducting training events on CAWT for farmers and other stakeholders in the East African region.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for Southern and Eastern Africa will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs [viewed]

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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Pepsi and Coke Announce Support for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure [viewed]

fao-pepsi-coke15 April 2014: In a land policy that states its commitment to “doing business the right way,” PepsiCo has announced its support for the 'Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure' and its recognition of its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people. The Guidelines, which were initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), promote equitable access and secure ownership rights to fisheries, forests and land, with the aim of eradicating poverty and hunger, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities [viewed]

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism [viewed]

The objective of this workshop organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing-house mechanisms, in line with COP Decision X/15 and in support of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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UN Secretary-General, Global Leaders Urge Action on Education [viewed]

un-worldbank10 April 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other global leaders launched the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Access, which aims to get 57 million children in school, and calls for "four zeros": zero exclusion from education; zero discrimination against girls; zero child labor; and zero child marriage. The Coalition was established in response to reports that the world is off track in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of getting all children into education by 2015.

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ICRAF Supports Extension on Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)April 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released an agroforestry guide for extension staff and farmers. The guide, ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees: Principles and Practices', outlines soil conservation, crop rotation, and weed management as important elements of conservation agriculture.

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Event: World Oceans Day [viewed]

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

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International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Releases 2013 Annual Report [viewed]

IPEEC28 March 2014: The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released its 2013 Annual Report, highlighting achievements by its member countries to improve energy efficiency through policy, regulatory and financial mechanisms. It also provides an overview of various sectoral initiatives for industry, buildings, appliances and equipment, and energy provision.

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