Capacity Building & Education

World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Advances Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters [viewed]

IGAD logo11 June 2013: The 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) was organized by the Intergovernmental Governmental Authority on Development's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and other partners to formulate a regional climate outlook over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), which is prone to extreme climate events, such as droughts and floods, that severely impact on key socioeconomic sectors.

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UNCCD Announces Semi-Finalists for Land for Life Award, Invites Photo Submissions [viewed]

UNCCD logo10 June 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Land for Life Award. The three winners will be announced on 17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification. In addition, the Secretariat has invited submissions for its third photography contest.

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COMIFAC Engages Community Radio in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC10 June 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the launch of a project to engage community radio stations in awareness raising and the promotion of forest certification in the Congo Basin.

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World Bank Improves Water and Sanitation Services in Ghana [viewed]

World Bank6 June 2013: The World Bank has approved a US$155 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to Ghana, aimed to provide access to better sanitation and water supply services to over 3.6 million people living around the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), while improving the management and use of natural resources.

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ICRAF Builds Partnerships to Develop Seed Crops from Unique African Tree [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 June 2013: In an effort to help develop the sustainable production of oil from the seeds of Allanblackia species in equatorial Africa, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has engaged in a public-private partnership with Unilever and a collection of public non-profit organizations, called the Novella Africa Initiative. The partnership has developed a model for over 10,000 collectors or growers of Allanblackia to plant over 20,000 seedlings in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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Liberian Land Commission Completes National Land Rights Policy [viewed]

Liberia FlagJune 2013: At a two-day conference convened in Monrovia, Liberia, from 20-21 May 2013, the Liberian Land Commission presented a draft land rights policy to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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12th PFII Calls for Focus on Indigenous Peoples' Health, Education, Land Rights, and Culture [viewed]

Unpfii31 May 2013: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) ended its 12th session with calls for: better health care and education; recognizing collective land and resource rights, especially in multilateral banks' safeguard policies; enshrining “culture” as the fourth pillar of sustainable development; and strengthening indigenous peoples' rights in Africa.

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Vienna Energy Forum Sees Launch of SE4ALL Tracking Framework, Post-2015 Goal Recommendations, MoU for Renewables Center [viewed]

vienna-energy-forum30 May 2013: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 brought together over 1,200 participants from 100 countries, including ministers, policymakers, experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society under the theme 'One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want.'

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