Land

UN Rapporteur Addresses Agrofuel Impacts on the Right to Food [viewed]

17 October 2012: Addressing a range of questions on the relationship between agrofuel and food, Oliver De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, described the impacts of biofuels on food prices, food security and land concentration, and ways that the EU and other States could sustainably regulate biofuels in the future.

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UNCCD Releases Land Day 6 Report [viewed]

24 October 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released a report from Land Day 6, which convened under the theme "Land-degradation neutrality – a response to the 2020 Aichi biodiversity targets."

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CCAFS Assists East African Pastoralists to Record Their Climate Reality [viewed]

CCAFS18 October 2012: Sharing their experiences on adapting to seasonal and annual climatic variability, East African pastoralists have been trained to develop short videos on climate change and other aspects of their lives through the "Pastoralist Transformations to Resilient Futures: Understanding Climate from the Ground Up" project.

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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Event: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 [viewed]

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Solutions for People in Drylands and Beyond provides an opportunity for the natural resource and agriculture community to share solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural landscapes. The event will provide a venue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers, and develop solutions that can feed into 2013 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) discussions. The event will take place alongside the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012. This year's event aims to identify: existing, large scale solutions to specific mitigation and adaptation challenges that can benefit farmers, in particular small scale farmers; gaps where there are limited existing solutions or limited available knowledge; and potential trade-offs in implementing existing, known solutions. The Day is co-hosted by, inter alia, CGIAR and the World Bank, and co-organized by, inter alia, IFAD, FAO and WFP.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Discusses Integrated Implementation [viewed]

18 October 2012: On its final day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened to discuss the way towards integrated implementation of the Rio Conventions. 

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Land Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for Land Day, the sixth such day-long event focused on sustainable development and land issues.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Opens with Focus on Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring [viewed]

9 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commenced on 9 October 2012, for sessions on the theme “Towards Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring for the Rio Conventions.” Neil Pratt, CBD Secretariat, opened the Pavilion, underscoring its purpose to “encourage and support the implementation of the Rio Conventions at the national level.”

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IFAD Launches Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme [viewed]

4 October 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a new programme to channel climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers in an effort to leverage a greater impact on climate change resilience through IFAD's new annual investments of approximately $1 billion.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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