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Event: Options for Addressing Tenure under REDD+ [viewed]

The objectives of the expert consultation are to increase the understanding of tenure related challenges to REDD+ by exchanging experiences on the various approaches for addressing tenure under REDD+ and to elaborate REDD+ specific options.  

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Event: Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Solution for Climate, Food Security and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the growing importance of conserving and restoring soil organic carbon for multiple win-win benefits within various land type and land use settings. The conference will review the state of science and further knowledge needs involved and discuss, inter alia; land use and land restoration practices; how to verify carbon sequestration and linkages with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other global goals, agreements and negotiations; and how to increase the flow of climate-linked funding for land and soil restoration. Organizers include the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and United Nations University (UNU). Following the Soil Carbon Sequestration conference, the FP7 Environment funded SoilTrEC project will organize a training event for Early Stage Researchers that wish to expand their knowledge into farming approaches and their impacts on farming sustainability.  

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Event: Agroforestry, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an on-line learning event on agroforestry and climate change in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Agricultural Research Centre for Development (CIRAD) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The event consists of four related webinars on: setting the objectives of the learning event; cases of emerging opportunities for agroforestry in the context of climate change; governance, economics and financing for climate-smart agroforestry; and recommendations to the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The on-line event will take place from 5-26 February 2013.  

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FAO's Unasylva Focuses on Forest Issues after Rio+20 [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 volume of Unasylva on the theme "The power of forests." The report highlights outputs from the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment and examines forest issues in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Western and Central Africa: Towards an African Soil Partnership [viewed]

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was launched in September 2011 to raise awareness among decision makers on the vital role of soil resources for achieving food security, adapting to and mitigating climate change and guaranteeing the provision of other environmental services. The Terms of Reference of the GSP were approved in December 2012. The Partnership aims to improve governance of the planet's limited soil resources in order to guarantee healthy and productive soils for a food secure world, as well as support other essential ecosystem services. The five pillars of action of the GSP include the promotion of sustainable management of soil resources; the encouragement of investment, technical cooperation, policy, education awareness and extension in soils; the promotion of targeted soil research and development focused on identified gaps and priorities; the enhancement of the quantity and quality of soil data and information; and lastly, the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable soil management, with national validation accounting for the differences of production systems and ecosystems. At the core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region. This workshop will launch the West and Central African consultation among national soil institutions and regional partners.  

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MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains [viewed]

19 December 2012: During a regional meeting on climate change adaptation in mountain regions held in Marrakech, Morocco, over 15 representatives from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region agreed to form a Regional Initiative for Mountains in the MENA Region within the context of the Mountain Partnership.

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FAO Highlights Work on Adaptation and Climate Change in Mountain Environments [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two new products on climate change that document its work across the adaptation realm, as well as an animation of climate change impacts in mountain environments.

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New Head of UN-REDD Programme Secretariat Appointed [viewed]

18 December 2012: The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has appointed Mario Boccucci as the Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. Boccucci's appointment will be effective on 21 January 2013. 

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Viet Nam Reflects on Phase I of its UN-REDD National Programme [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) national programme in Viet Nam has completed its first phase of implementation.

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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