Agriculture & Food Security

Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (Asian Workshop) [viewed]

Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will participate in this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The regional workshop will convene in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop will offer a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. It is one in a series of training programs aimed at building REDD+ capacity for decision makers and other stakeholders in developing countries. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Agenda for Bonn [viewed]

28 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Working Group Focuses on Black Carbon [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 48th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 April 2011, and focused on strategies to reduce black carbon emissions, one of the air pollutants contributing to climate change.

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Adaptation Fund Board Invites Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

26 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has posted 13 project proposals on its website for comment from civil society. The proposals come from Argentina, Djibouti, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania and Turkmenistan.

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UNFCCC Publishes Canada's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/CAN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Canada submitted in 2010.

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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