Desertification & Land Degradation

UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logoJune 2014: The latest issue of 'UNCCD News' focuses on the theme of land-based adaptation. In the issue, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Monique Barbut, notes that the celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), on 17 June, "is dedicated to ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change," and that "We want to highlight the benefits of sustainable land management policies and practices in our collective response to climate change."

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UNCCD Publishes Report on Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

land-bases-adaptationJune 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a report, 'Land-Based Adaptation and Resilience: Powered by Nature,' which highlights the connections between land degradation, natural resource and food security, and climate change.

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WMO and FAO to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

wmo-fao13 June 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are strengthening their collaboration on areas of common concern, such as agricultural meteorology, desertification and drought.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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UNEP-WCMC Brief Highlights Role of Biodiversity in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc10 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a policy brief connecting the dots between protecting biodiversity and acting on climate change. The brief, 'Addressing Climate Change: Why Biodiversity Matters,' discusses the potential negative effects of climate change mitigation programmes on biodiversity. It concludes biodiversity conservation can support climate change mitigation and adaptation goals if all potential impacts are weighed carefully in the policymaking process.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Use of Rio Markers, Environment-Related ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD3 June 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) met to examine progress on improving finance reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification Observance Event [viewed]

Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society will gather at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, 17 June 2014, for the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The event will address the theme 'Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof It'. The full-day event include an opening ceremony, panel discussions, a concert, an exhibition and a film screening, among other activities. The event will also be webcast.  

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FAO Booklet Features 10 CSA Best Practices from Around the World [viewed]

FAO6 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet showcasing ten best practices from its climate smart agriculture (CSA) approach to the crop, fishery, forestry and livestock sectors. The report, titled ‘FAO success stories on CSA,' stresses the urgency of tackling climate change and safeguarding food security to boost farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change and illustrates how rural communities are already transitioning to farming practices that are better suited to a warming world.

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EUROCLIMA Publishes Guides on Coasts, Soil Degradation, Rural Adaptation and Urban NAMAs in Latin America [viewed]

EuroclimaMay 2014: The European Union's (EU) EUROCLIMA climate change cooperation programme with Latin America has published four publications that aim to provide guidance to Latin American governments as they design mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies.

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