Land

Event: Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), together with the Secretariats of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are organizing a workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Opportunities from Climate Change Financing Mechanisms”. The workshop will focus on opportunities and new directions presented by climate change financing mechanisms, including the Adaptation Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Financing Mechanisms, the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and Renewal Energy Funds. Specifically, the workshop will seek to: share and exchange information on existing, new and emerging climate change mechanisms, and how these could be used to enhance synergistic implementation of the Rio Conventions; increase the capacity of participating countries to identify and mobilize potential financial resources through climate change financing mechanisms; present successful tools, instruments, best practices experiences and lessons learned with illustrated examples from countries on how SLM has been integrated into climate change adaptation and mitigation financing; develop country specific project profiles/ideas that link SLM and adaptation to climate change for later development and identify opportunities for scaling-up joint efforts and strategic partnerships; and build the capacity of a core team of experts in order to strengthen national capacities to elaborate and implement viable programmes linking land, water and climate change in various sectors.  

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FAO, CCAFS Host Workshop on NAMAs in Agriculture [viewed]

17 July 2012: A recent workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) focused on supporting the development of NAMAs as a tool for national mitigation planning and climate smart agriculture.

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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CPF Publishes Study on Forest Financing [viewed]

June 2012: The Advisory Group on Finance (AGF) of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a study on forest-related financing, as requested by Member States at the ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) in 2011, expanding on and updating previous work by the AGF from 2008.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Spotlights Initiatives in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNDP13 July 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the ninth issue of its quarterly Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, which features stories on UNDP support to: enhance adaptive capacity in Asia-Pacific; strengthen climate early warning systems (EWS) across Africa; and enhance adaptation interventions in Sudan.

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CIFOR-Supported Research Examines Local Climate Change Knowledge in Indonesia [viewed]

11 July 2012: Recognizing the need to better understand local communities' perceptions of climate change, researchers at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have explored the role of local knowledge in analyzing land-use change.

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Event: Workshop on NAMAs: National Mitigation Planning and Implementation in Agriculture [viewed]

This meeting will focus on supporting the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as a tool for national mitigation planning and climate smart agriculture. The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are sponsoring the workshop. It will support advancing understanding and practice on: decision making on national mitigation priorities; what role NAMAs can play and establishing NAMAs as a policy instrument; the kind of support is needed in terms of investments and finance, policy, and MRV. Proposed outputs include: a publication on lessons learned from NAMA implementation and commonalities and contrasts of NAMA experiences; the elaboration of examples of NAMAs and related measuring reporting and verification (MRV)/infrastructure/ institutional mechanisms to share; minimum requirements for effective implementation of NAMAs – institutions and capacities; decision trees/templates showing how countries can establish priorities and advance implementation; enhanced knowledge on associated tools and resources for NAMA decision making and implementation; identification of research and capacity development needs for effective planning around agriculture; and ways forward for effective NAMA planning. The meeting is by invitation only. CCAFS is a program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: Inception Workshop and First Steering Committee FFEM Project on REDD+ in the Mediterranean [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Plan Bleu and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM). FFEM has provided support of Euro 1.3 million primarily to support opportunities for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) in the Mediterranean through engagement with pilot sites. The inception workshop will consider pilot sites that are proposed in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. It will also consider synergies with the III Mediterranean Forest Week and with the UN-REDD Programme. The workshop will conclude with a plan of action to be launched by the next steering committee in April 2013.  

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. In addition to the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council, from 13-15 November, a consultation with NGOs will take place on 12 November and the 13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council will convene on 15 November.  

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