Desertification & Land Degradation

FAO to Scale-up Acacia Project to Combat Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

10 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has identified the Acacia pilot project, which has proven successful in combating desertification, for wider roll out.

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UNCHR Calls for Measures to Cope with Climate-Induced Displacement [viewed]

6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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GEF Council Approves Programme that Includes Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, together with the tenth meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), has approved an integrated land-use programme to fund investments to address priorities set by 12 African countries in West Africa and the Sahel.

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Event: First Africa Drylands Week [viewed]

The First Africa Drylands Week will be held back-to-back with the global observance event on 17 June to mark World Day to Combat Desertification. Over 100 scientists and representatives of government and international and civil society organizations will convene in Dakar, Senegal, from 10-17 June 2011, to develop an integrated approach to address the Region's challenges of desertification and biodiversity loss, and the new climate change threat. This meeting, which is being co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is working towards a global vision and partnership on the Sustainable Land and Climate Risk Management for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative.  

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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UNDP Releases MDG Report for the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have launched the Second Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report for the Kyrgyz Republic, which presents an analysis of MDG achievement based on the indicators proposed in the first report, the indicators used in State strategies and programmes, and with special focus on the impacts of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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UNCCD Calls for Input on Draft Documents [viewed]

May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for parties to provide input on draft advocacy policy frameworks on gender and on the integration of land and soil issues into the intergovernmental process on climate change. Comments are also requested on the draft version of "Global Drylands: A United Nations System-wide Response," which was was developed by the Environment Management Group (EMG).

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UNCCD Publishes Issue 3.1 of UNCCD News [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the latest issue of its UNCCD News publication. Issue 3.1 reviews the outcomes of the second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9), which took place in February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, and reviews China's anti-drought measures, among other topics.

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UNCCD Invites Input through Knowledge Needs Assessment [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is currently undertaking a knowledge needs assessment to identify the current state of tools and practices, along with appropriate options for, knowledge management and sharing pertaining to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

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Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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