Agriculture & Food Security

UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logoJune 2014: The latest issue of 'UNCCD News' focuses on the theme of land-based adaptation. In the issue, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Monique Barbut, notes that the celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), on 17 June, "is dedicated to ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change," and that "We want to highlight the benefits of sustainable land management policies and practices in our collective response to climate change."

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UNCCD Publishes Report on Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

land-bases-adaptationJune 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a report, 'Land-Based Adaptation and Resilience: Powered by Nature,' which highlights the connections between land degradation, natural resource and food security, and climate change.

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WMO and FAO to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

wmo-fao13 June 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are strengthening their collaboration on areas of common concern, such as agricultural meteorology, desertification and drought.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Event: International Conference on Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement [viewed]

Co-organized by the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Secure Project, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), and Bioversity International, this conference will focus on new characterization techniques and conservation strategies to identify and preserve crop wild relatives and land race traits and facilitate their use to improve food security in the face of climate change.  

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Guest Article #109: From Anticipation to Action - Can the Climate Technology Mechanism Offer a Solution for Sustainable Development? [viewed]

Bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Andes Mountains on the east and the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile is home to a wealth of biodiversity. The Chilean people depend upon the diverse natural resources created by this topography for their livelihoods. Yet as pressures on its ecosystems mount from both human activity and a changing climate, Chile recognized that it does not have the technological capacity to reliably monitor or forecast impacts on its biodiversity, which is essential to inform decision making on the sustainable use and protection of its ecosystems.

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes [viewed]

CIFOR9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.

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