Land

CIFOR November Newsletter Highlights Preparations for Forest Day 5 [viewed]

November 2011: Outlining many of activities that the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be engaged in during UNFCCC COP 17, the CIFOR November Newsletter presents a series of blogs and interviews on opportunities for REDD+ during the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF, ABS Launch Policy Briefs on Agroforestry, Climate and REDD+ [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) programme have released a series of policy briefs that focus on topics including agroforestry, carbon markets, climate-smart agriculture and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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FAO's State of the World's Land and Water Resources Stresses Climate Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture28 November 2011: Numerous food producing systems across the world are facing the risk of breakdown, according to "The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture" published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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Event: Land Day 5 [viewed]

The theme of Land Day 5 is "Achieving Zero Net Land Degradation: Impacts on Climate Change Issues." This "Day" will be convened in parallel to the Durban Climate Change Conference as part of the Rio Conventions Pavilion. Panel discussions will consider the following questions: can the world afford not to go land degradation neutral?; how will land degradation neutrality impact climate change issues such as adaptation, mitigation, and resilience building?; and potential contribution of ‘zero net land degradation target' in driving the synergy agenda at all levels: best practices and successful case studies. Organizers include the UNCCD Secretariat and ICRAF.  

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GEF Publishes Paper on Climate Resilient Development in Africa [viewed]

GEFNovember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a publication on climate resilient development in Africa focused on three initiatives - the Sahel program, the Lake Chad Basin program, and the Congo Basin program - and which addresses environmental challenges surrounding Africa's three vital resources, namely land, water, and forests.

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GEF Highlights Community Forestry Projects in Albania [viewed]

Albania landscape14 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced positive results of a community sustainable forest management project in Albania, which succeeded in establishing forest and pasture management plans for 240 communes.

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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GEF Council Evaluates Reducing Fees, Discusses Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

10 November 2011: During its 41st meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved its work programme for the next year and initiated the search for a new CEO. The work programme includes 40 project concepts and nine programmatic approaches, including 11 for the biodiversity focal area, eight on climate change, two on international waters, 23 on land degradation, and five on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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WMO Symposium Focuses on Improving Drought Information Systems [viewed]

WMO11 November 2011: The International Symposium on Integrated Drought Information Systems aimed to help countries, regions and communities move toward approaches that embrace drought preparedness and mitigation. Participants focused on the need for more coordinated polices to manage the risks of drought.

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Event: Climate-Smart Knowledge Day – Managing Ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihoods [viewed]

Participants in the Climate-Smart Knowledge Day in Durban will: hear from policy-makers on the implications of climate-smart practices in their countries; receive updates on results, information and knowledge addressing the challenges of food security, agriculture and climate change; and learn about the way forward for partnerships on climate-smart agriculture including linkages to the green economy. Register for the Meeting: http://www.fao.org/climatechange/unfccc-process/73473/en/  

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