Desertification & Land Degradation

Event: Cambodia's Second GEF National Dialogue to Share Lessons, Identify GEF-6 Priorities [viewed]

Cambodia's Second Global Environmental Facility (GEF) National Dialogue brings together government agencies, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector and GEF Agencies to take stock of Cambodia's GEF Portfolio and share lessons from the Fourth and Fifth GEF Replenishments (GEF-4 and GEF-5). Participants will also learn about GEF strategies, policies and procedures and identify GEF-6 priorities and processes through a multi-stakeholder process.  

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for South America [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this ECW include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central America, Mexico and Venezuela [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.  

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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UN High Commissioner Identifies Climate Change as Contributing to Crisis in Mali [viewed]

10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.

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High-Level Event on Climate and Food Security Stresses Vulnerability of Dryland Populations [viewed]

5 December 2012: A side event held during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) brought together ministers and leaders from within the UN system to discuss actions to be taken under the climate-water-food security nexus in the drylands.

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Challenges and Opportunities of Biofuels Discussed at COP18 Side Event [viewed]

1 December 2012: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) organized a side event on "Biofuels: Getting Rid of the Hype" in the context of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the role of biofuels in climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

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UNCCD Holds Land For Life Awards Ceremony in Doha [viewed]

3 December 2012:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has granted the first Land For Life Award to civil society organizations from Haiti, Turkey and Uganda for their innovative work combating land degradation. UNCCD recognized the three winners at a Recognition Gala event, which included ministers from their respective countries, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

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