Land

Event: First Meeting of the IWG on the Mid-term Evaluation of the UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) called for the creation of an Intersessional Working Group (IWG) on the mid-term evaluation of the ten year Strategy for the Convention. The IWG is expected to consist of 14 members: the President of the COP; the chairpersons of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) and of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST); two members from each of five regional groups; and one CSO representative.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the IWG on the Mid-term Evaluation of the UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) called for the creation of an Intersessional Working Group (IWG) on the mid-term evaluation of the ten year Strategy for the Convention. The IWG is expected to consist of 14 members: the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP); the chairpersons of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) and of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST); two members from each of five regional groups; and one CSO representative.  

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UNCCD Launches Redesigned Website [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a redesigned website.

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UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators [viewed]

UNCCD1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a call inviting applications from experts to act as members of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts  for Impact Indicator Refinement.

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EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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Event: Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 is a collaborative outreach activity of the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and 25 other international, national and local partners. It aims to promote and strengthen synergies between the Rio Conventions at implementation levels by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information-sharing about the linkages in science, policy and practice between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.  

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Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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