Land

UNCCD Publication Evaluates Desertification as a Cause of Global Conflict [viewed]

desertification-invisible-frontierJanuary 2014: 'Desertification: The Invisible Frontline,' which was published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), emphasizes that, "As the climate changes, so is the face of the Earth, and with devastating effects on the lives of those who depend on the land."

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UNEP Announces Call for Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

UNEP29 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award. The Award seeks to honor visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

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ICRISAT Identifies Climate Resilient Chickpea Germplasm [viewed]

ICRISAT24 January 2014: As part of the effort to develop climate change adaptation measures that support smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has identified beneficial traits within 40 lines of chickpea germplasm.

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CCAFS Explores Climate Change Financing Opportunities for Smallholders [viewed]

CCAFS24 January 2014: Recognizing the constraints faced by smallholder farmers to invest in long-term sustainable land use practices, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has announced a working paper on financing sustainable agriculture and mitigation.

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate [viewed]

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the East African Community (EAC) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are convening the 'Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture' with the aim to: consider the outcomes of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) and explore ways of consolidating the common African common position on agriculture in the on-going negotiations; share experiences in the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies/Strategies/Action Plans with a view to determining their readiness to access climate finance; explore ways of enhancing synergy between the national climate change and agricultural policies and strategies; assess the readiness of African countries to access climate finance; and facilitate and identify climate-smart agriculture (CSA) priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.  

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APFM Highlights Publications on Flood Management, Forecasting and Mapping [viewed]

apfmJanuary 2014: The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), a partnership between the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has introduced three publications in the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Tool Series in their January 2014 Newsletter. The publications address flood forecasting and early warning, transboundary flood management, and flood mapping.

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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UN-REDD, Kenya Assess REDD+ Corruption Risk [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme14 January 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has reported that Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has launched 'A Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya.' The study was conducted by the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) with the support of the UN-REDD Programme with engagement of Kenya's Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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