Desertification & Land Degradation

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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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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Event: Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!' [viewed]

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

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UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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High-level Ministerial Roundtable to Address Climate Change at UNCCD COP 12 [viewed]

turkish_delegation_csts410 March 2015: At a side event during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, underlined the importance of the high-level segment of the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12). The high-level segment, which will take place from 20-21 October 2015, will include a series of ministerial roundtables on topics including climate change, and is expected to result in a message that will be sent from UNCCD COP 12 to the UNFCCC COP 21, which will convene a little over one month later in Paris, France.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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Global Land Outlook Discussed on Sidelines of UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

CST S-4 & UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference10 March 2015: The 'Global Land Outlook' (GLO), to be produced every four years, will be a flagship publication seeking to provide “a strong, politically relevant, but analytical base for determining the future course of land degradation and sustainable land management across the globe,” said UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut at an event discussing the anticipated publication.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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International Forum Urges Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agro-Ecology [viewed]

logo_french_agricultural20 February 2015: Speaking at the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, which was organized by the Government of France as the first in a series of events leading up to the December 2015 climate change conference, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), urged a “paradigm shift” in agriculture. He described today's predominant model of agricultural production as “not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century.”

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Guest Article #126: Connecting the Dots Between Development, Biodiversity, and Climate Change [viewed]

Last fall, two major international meetings on intertwined topics, biodiversity and climate change, occurred back-to-back. In Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at its 12th session adopted several decisions on climate change and biodiversity, including targets for restoring and conserving ecosystems as a safeguard against climate change impacts.

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