Capacity Building & Education

UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base [viewed]

ITPGR24 March 2015: Meeting from 2-3 March 2015, in Rome, Italy, the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) made recommendations for the development of a toolbox to support implementation of the Treaty's programme of work on sustainable use, including an initial focus on uses of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that may expand the genetic base of crops.

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Event: WIPO Seminar on IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this seminar will review regional, national and local experiences on intellectual property (IP) and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, including on commercial and non-commercial uses of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, the meaning of "public domain," and disclosure requirements.  

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Voluntary Guidelines Newsletter Reports on Implementation Workshops [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative' newsletter for March 2015. The newsletter highlights stories from the field, using the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Kasese, Uganda, where tenure security is being improved, especially for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups, with a specific focus on women, girls and youth.

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UNCCD Secretariat Publishes Independent Evaluation of Integrated Investment Frameworks [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 March 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an 'Independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Integrated Investment Frameworks,' which aims to assess the effectiveness of IIFs in supporting resource mobilization for sustainable land management (SLM). Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and Senegal were chosen as case studies for the evaluation.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Great Green Wall Countries Discuss Resilience Strategies [viewed]

sawap19 March 2015: The proceedings and main outcomes of the second regional conference and associated technical training workshops for members of the Sahel and West Africa Programme (SAWAP) in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) have been published. Among other issues, participants discussed experiences from several countries on how to optimize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing data for improved drought monitoring and best practices for directing funds towards participatory sustainable land and water management activities at the local level.

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Civil Society Organizations Hold National and Online Consultations Ahead of Desertif'actions 2015 [viewed]

desertif_actions_years_of_soilsMarch 2015: As part of preparations for the global civil society forum, Desertif'actions 2015, local and international organizations are holding a series of national preparatory workshops and a multilingual online consultation between February and May 2015 on the theme: ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands – time to act!'

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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