Desertification & Land Degradation

Guest Article #136: The Green Climate Fund Starts Funding Climate Action in Developing Countries [viewed]

A few weeks ahead of the start of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where climate negotiators are set to gather to seal the fate of the Universal Climate Agreement, the Green Climate Fund sent a strong message to the world community: Its Board approved its initial set of projects and programmes, financing USD 168 million, with an additional allocation of USD 195 million over time, overall catalyzing up to USD 1.3 billion in private and public investments. This marks the end of the GCF launch phase and kick-starts the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries.

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COP 21 Land Day Addresses SDG and Rio Conventions Linkages to Climate Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logoRio Conventions Pavilion2 December 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and various partners organized Land Day as part of the programme of the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The discussions took place under the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change.'

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Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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UNCCD Publishes Brief on Land-Climate Nexus [viewed]

land_matters_for_climate11 November 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a brief titled, ‘Land matters for climate: Reducing the gap and approaching the target​,' ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France. The publication states that additional commitments contained in the UNCCD's Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target − which envisages rehabilitating 12 million hectares of degraded land globally each year − could help close roughly 25% of the estimated emissions gap of 13 gigatonnes of equivalent CO2 (GtC02e), and amounts to “two-thirds of the expected emissions reduction pledges of all INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions] in the year 2030.”

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GCF Board Approves First Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new6 November 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is set to fund its first projects after the Board approved eight proposals at its 11th meeting (GCFB 11). The approved funding, which is contingent on fulfillment of specified conditions for seven of the projects, totals US$168 million. At the meeting, the Board also adopted an initial monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities, a process to develop a strategic plan, a decision on the readiness programme and an updated set of administrative guidelines on procurement.

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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UNCCD COP 12 Discusses SDG Target on Land Degradation Neutrality, DLDD Links with Climate Change [viewed]

cop12unccd23 October 2015: The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) adopted 35 decisions following deliberations on agenda items related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), including how to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) and how to align the UNCCD's goals and Parties' action programmes with the Goals. Parties also considered messages for the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 30 November-11 December 2015.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Francophone Countries Discuss Linkages Among Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

francophone_unccd19 October 2015: The Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF), under the chairmanship of Senegal and in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, organized a discussion on the topic of how to use the fight against climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as leverage for soil preservation. The event took place on the sidelines of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD.

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UNCCD COP 12 Opens, Reiterates Links between Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

unccd_cop1212 October 2015: In their opening statements at the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), many delegates welcomed the recognition of the importance of land restoration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a specific target on land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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