Desertification & Land Degradation

UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs 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 and share lessons 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 Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for East Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for East Africa will 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 and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible for this ECW are: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.  

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Event: Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative [viewed]

This side event to the 3rd World Forest Week will be an opportunity to: present the outcomes and results of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) African Union (AU) Commission projects supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the EU and the Global Mechanism-UN Convention to Combat Desertification (GM-UNCCD) in 13 countries; and showcase the use of landscape and inter-sectoral approaches and partnerships to support the effective planning and implementation of the GGWSI.  

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Working Group on Scientific Advice Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

31 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice focusing on desertification/land degradation and drought issues (AGSA), which convened based on Decision 20/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGSA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Group on Impact Indicator Refinement Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

24 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts for Impact Indicator Refinement (AGTE), which convened based on Decision 19/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGTA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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