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Event: Research Workshop on Evaluating Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification [viewed]

The French Desertification Scientific Committee (CSFD) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Montpellier (IAMM) are organizing a research workshop/seminar on Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification, in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and its Global Mechanism. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a broad variety of different actors fighting desertification to clarify controversial points and improve the evaluation process to make actions more effective. The workshop intends to contribute at the international level to the preparation of the second UNCCD Scientific Conference and to promote French expertise within an international framework.  

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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UNEP, MEAs Launch InforMEA Webportal [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with 17 multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), has launched a new webportal, titled "InforMEA," that draws information from the MEAs' individual websites to permit a user to search for information related to decisions and resolutions, news and events, meeting calendars, and national focal points across all of the participating MEAs.

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FAO to Scale-up Acacia Project to Combat Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

10 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has identified the Acacia pilot project, which has proven successful in combating desertification, for wider roll out.

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FAO Releases Survey on Water Scarcity and Food Production [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Climate Change, Water and Food Security," which is a survey of existing scientific knowledge on the anticipated consequences of climate change for water use in agriculture. The report highlights the likelihood of increased water scarcity in the Mediterranean region, as well as semi-arid areas of the Americas, Australia, and Southern Africa.

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GEF Publishes Guide for Civil Society Organizations [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a new version of its "A to Z of the GEF for Civil Society Organizations," a guide that describes the GEF's structure, partnership and strategic objectives and provides guidance on how civil society organizations (CSOs) can access GEF funding.

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UNCHR Calls for Measures to Cope with Climate-Induced Displacement [viewed]

6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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GEF Council Approves Programme that Includes Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, together with the tenth meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), has approved an integrated land-use programme to fund investments to address priorities set by 12 African countries in West Africa and the Sahel.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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