Desertification & Land Degradation

Event: Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), together with the Secretariats of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are organizing a workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Opportunities from Climate Change Financing Mechanisms”. The workshop will focus on opportunities and new directions presented by climate change financing mechanisms, including the Adaptation Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Financing Mechanisms, the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and Renewal Energy Funds. Specifically, the workshop will seek to: share and exchange information on existing, new and emerging climate change mechanisms, and how these could be used to enhance synergistic implementation of the Rio Conventions; increase the capacity of participating countries to identify and mobilize potential financial resources through climate change financing mechanisms; present successful tools, instruments, best practices experiences and lessons learned with illustrated examples from countries on how SLM has been integrated into climate change adaptation and mitigation financing; develop country specific project profiles/ideas that link SLM and adaptation to climate change for later development and identify opportunities for scaling-up joint efforts and strategic partnerships; and build the capacity of a core team of experts in order to strengthen national capacities to elaborate and implement viable programmes linking land, water and climate change in various sectors.  

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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CPF Publishes Study on Forest Financing [viewed]

June 2012: The Advisory Group on Finance (AGF) of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a study on forest-related financing, as requested by Member States at the ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) in 2011, expanding on and updating previous work by the AGF from 2008.

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UNCCD Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lead Institution/Consortium to Organize 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for expressions of interest in organizing the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will take place in 2014 under the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

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Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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GEF Book Outlines 20 Years of "Greening" the World's Economies [viewed]

GEF20 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a publication titled “From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies,” which consists of an analysis of 20 select projects that illustrate the key lessons emerging from the 20 years of work by the GEF. The publication was launched at a side event held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

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Rio Conventions Outline Synergies and Linkages on Forests [viewed]

June 2012: On the sidelines to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a joint brochure outlining the activities under the three Conventions to save and restore the world's forests. 

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Rio Conventions Launch Brochure on Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a joint brochure outlining gender mainstreaming in the three Conventions, and describing challenges and opportunities for synergistic action.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

15 June 20120: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) focused on the theme of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Four panels addressed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; economic valuation of land (EVL); the Bonn Challenges; and coastal climate change solutions.

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