Capacity Building & Education

UN-REDD Publication Explores Assessments of Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd-fao-proforAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting good practices on the collection of forest governance data. Titled 'Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis and Use,' the report addresses issues such as formal laws and policies, customary uses, and land tenure.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2014 [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. The Day is meant to provide opportunities to: raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands, globally. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

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Event: Seminar on Earth Observations in Support of Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

Organized as part of the 2014 World Water Week of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this seminar will present a collaborative programme to support the use of Earth Observation (EO) for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management network (Cap-Net) and the European Space Agency's (ESA) TIGER initiative. The seminar will: showcase capacity-development activities in the areas of EO and IWRM in Africa, including an open source observation system and training material; assess the applicability of the programme to other regions; and discuss how EO can support energy-relevant aspects of IWRM.  

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BASIC Call for Finalizing Elements of Draft Negotiating Text in Lima [viewed]

Indian Flag8 August 2014: The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change brought together representatives from Brazil, India, South Africa and China (BASIC), who adopted a joint statement emphasizing the need to finalize the elements of a draft negotiating text for the 2015 agreement at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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NAP Expo 2014 Catalyzes Actions and Support for NAP Process [viewed]

UNFCCC9 August 2014: The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo 2014 provided an opportunity to mobilize action and support for the formulation and implementation of NAPs, to share technical knowledge and tools, and identify gaps and needs of LDCs and other developing countries as they undertake their NAP process.

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UNEP Tracks Adaptation Actions in Africa [viewed]

UNEPAugust 2014: The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled ‘Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa: Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference,' which reviews, for both policy makers and other stakeholders, the current and future implications of climate change impacts in Africa.

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Mercury Secretariat Hosts Francophone Workshops for Ratification, Early Implementation [viewed]

minamata-mercuryJuly 2014: The Minamata Convention on Mercury Secretariat, together with the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Senegal, hosted two subregional Francophone workshops in Dakar, Senegal, focused on the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention.

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Event: First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF) [viewed]

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing the 1st African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF), under the theme 'Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The three-day forum will aim to: support understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues; promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and share lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.  

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Event: Inter-Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with financial support from Japan. Through the inter-regional workshop, the CBD and UNEP-WCMC aim to explore the synergies between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and objectives of REDD+ to develop a coherent approach to landscape planning processes. The workshop aims to support Parties in: increasing coordination between REDD+ and CBD focal points through sharing experiences and knowledge; integrating REDD+ actions into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies; and demonstrating the appropriate data gathering processes, assessments, policies and other planning tools for implementing a coherent approach to REDD+ and NBSAPs. The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 'Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration.'  

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African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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