Land

It is projected that climate change will add to the existing problems of land degradation and desertification, and affect land through drought, flooding and other impacts. In addition, when the land is degraded, it emits more greenhouse gases and in turn exacerbates climate change. This section covers issues related to the relationship between these two phenomena, and the role of soil in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Civil Society Organizations Hold National and Online Consultations Ahead of Desertif'actions 2015 [viewed]

desertif_actions_years_of_soilsMarch 2015: As part of preparations for the global civil society forum, Desertif'actions 2015, local and international organizations are holding a series of national preparatory workshops and a multilingual online consultation between February and May 2015 on the theme: ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands – time to act!'

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Bonn Challenge Welcomes Restoration Pledges [viewed]

bonn_challenge_conference21 March 2015: On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Second International Conference on the Bonn Challenge resulted in a number of forest restoration commitments by national governments, bringing the total area to be restored to more than 59 million hectares.

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‘Smart Tree-Invest' Promotes Climate-Smart, Tree-Based Agriculture in Viet Nam [viewed]

ifad_cgiar22 March 2015: Local government agencies in Viet Nam have expressed support for the 'Climate-Smart, Tree-Based, Co-Investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia' (Smart Tree-Invest) project, co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, during a visit from the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia, that took place from 11-14 March 2014.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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Event: Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!' [viewed]

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions [viewed]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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High-level Ministerial Roundtable to Address Climate Change at UNCCD COP 12 [viewed]

turkish_delegation_csts410 March 2015: At a side event during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, underlined the importance of the high-level segment of the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12). The high-level segment, which will take place from 20-21 October 2015, will include a series of ministerial roundtables on topics including climate change, and is expected to result in a message that will be sent from UNCCD COP 12 to the UNFCCC COP 21, which will convene a little over one month later in Paris, France.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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