Desertification & Land Degradation

GEF Publishes Booklet on its Efforts to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification Globally [viewed]

© GEF September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet portraying its activities to combat land degradation and desertification.

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UNCCD Secretariat Invites Comments on Draft Water Policy Advocacy Framework [viewed]

August 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited comments on a draft Water Policy Advocacy Framework, which seeks to provide a framework for the Secretariat to advocate for the development of water resource management policies at country level.

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Secretary-General Stresses Urgency of Climate Change Adaptation During Visit to Mongolia [viewed]

27 July 2009: Speaking in Ulaanbaatar during his official visit to Mongolia, and in the presence of the Mongolian President, the Foreign Minister and the Vice Speaker of Parliament, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency of climate adaptation measures for the most vulnerable.

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UNCCD Prepares Report of “Land Day” [viewed]

© UNCCD21 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has prepared a report on the “Land Day” event it sponsored on 6 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNEP and the EU to Support MEA Implementation in ACP Countries [viewed]

July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is coordinating multiple partners under a four-year multi-million euro capacity enhancement programme for implementation of Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The European Commission (EC) ACP MEAs Programme is funded by the EU and aims to support and strengthen three existing regional institutions with environmental mandates to assist ACP countries in implementing their obligations under environmental agreements.

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UNCCD Publishes “UNCCD News” [viewed]

6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the first issue of a new bi-monthly “UNCCD News” newsletter. In the first issue, UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlights that “Land is becoming a central element of the world's efforts to cope with climate change and promote sustainable development.”

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ITTO Awards Fellowships for Climate-Related Activities [viewed]

© ITTO June 2009: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) awarded 23 fellowships in June 2009, four of which were awarded to recipients for climate change-related activities, namely: undertaking laboratory training in methods to quantify carbon sequestration in afforestation plantation; and attending courses in forest ecosystem and climate change management, climate change and desertification, and climate change and development.

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UNCCD Marks World Day to Combat Desertification, Drylands Projects Announced [viewed]

© UNCCD<br /> 17 June 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) selected the theme “Conserving land and water = Securing our common future” for the 17 June celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification.

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UNCCD [viewed]

On 6 June 2009, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat hosted “Land Day” at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, in Bonn, Germany.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Asia's Involvement in the Fight Against Climate Change [viewed]

16 June 2009: In a video message to the High-Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, which was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that 2009 is the year of climate change and listed its impacts in the Asian region, including shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security, rising sea levels, desertification and land degradation.

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