Land

UNCCD's Land Day Discusses Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

© ENB7 June 2009: 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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Event: UNCCD COP 9 [viewed]

The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will, among other issues, consider the Joint Inspection Unit assessment of the Global Mechanism, consider options for regional coordination mechanisms, discuss the format for future CRICs and reporting guidelines, and conduct a concurrent scientific conference during the ninth session of the Committee on Science and Technology.  

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IFPRI Policy Briefs Lay out Agenda on Agriculture and Climate Change for Copenhagen [viewed]

© IFPRI May 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a collection of policy briefs addressing technical and policy issues on agriculture and climate change that should be addressed as part of a new international agreement on climate change.

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UNDP Assists Indigenous People in Documenting the Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

18 May 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), under its Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme, is training the Baka indigenous peoples in Eastern Cameroon to use video cameras to document and monitor the impact of climate change on their livelihoods.

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CSD Decision Addresses Links between Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

© ENB15 May 2009: The final decision adopted by the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened from 4-15 May 2009 at UN Headquarters in New York, NY, recognizes that agriculture is dependent on climate and sensitive to climate change, and that sustainable agricultural practices as well as sustainable forest management can contribute to meeting climate change concerns.

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for Investments in Ecological Infrastructure [viewed]

© UNEP14 May 2009: Speaking at the launch of the report “The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner stated that reversing environmental degradation and investing in ecological infrastructure such as forests, soils and water bodies is part of the Green Economy solution.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary: Crises Present Opportunity for Action [viewed]

© UNCCD13 May 2009: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, that the convergence of the global food, fuel, financial and economic crises, against a backdrop of climate change, present an opportunity for action to reshape the development agenda and should not be wasted.

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UNEP Launches Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

© UNFCCC11 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and partners have launched the Carbon Benefits Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Catchments in and around Lake Victoria have been chosen as a test case for calculating how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

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CSD17 Begins Consideration of Desertification, Drought, Agriculture, Land, Rural Development and Africa [viewed]

L-R: CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands; and UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro4 May 2009: The 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) opened on 4 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Importance of Climate Issues in Finding Aral Sea Solutions [viewed]

© UN28 April 2009: In a message delivered by Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the summit of member States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 28 April 2009. Noting that the Aral Sea has shrunk by 70% in recent decades, he stated that climate variability poses a further challenge in this region where water resources are particularly vulnerable.

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