Desertification & Land Degradation

Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot [viewed]

mitigation_update17 August 2016: Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Guest Article #144: Severe, Increasingly Common Droughts Demand Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

With climate change likely intensifying the effects of this year's El Niño, many parts of the world are experiencing longer droughts, more frequent floods and increasingly violent storms. This can have a devastating effect on poor and vulnerable households, underlying the critical role that climate adaptation efforts play in sustaining livelihoods. Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years. Two successive rainy seasons have failed, leaving up to ten million people in need of aid. As of May 2016, humanitarian funding requirements have increased to more than US$1.5 billion.

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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ECOSOC Releases Synthesis of Intergovernmental Submissions [viewed]

ecosoc7022 June 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has released a ‘Synthesis of voluntary submissions by functional commission of the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental bodies and forums (E/HLPF/2016/5),' which highlights the bodies' contributions to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so far. The synthesis serves as a substantive input to the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA23 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom22 June 2016: A joint project by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring ways to stem the rural-urban exodus in West Africa by developing sustainable alternatives for seasonal migration. Such migration was traditionally used as a coping mechanism in times of poor harvests or extreme drought, but is increasingly being replaced by more permanent relocation due to the cumulative impact of drought, land degradation and climate change on local livelihoods.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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