Land

ICARDA and ACSAD Partner for Adaptation Research [viewed]

15 June 2010: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) has announced a new partnership with the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) for research on climate change adaptation and conservation agriculture.

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ILRI Film Highlights Impacts of East African Drought on Herders and Farmers [viewed]

June 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has released a film to document the experiences of Kenyan herders and farmers affected by the 2008-2009 East African drought.

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IWMI Releases Policy Brief on Groundwater Management and Climate Change [viewed]

June 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a policy brief titled “Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change,” which highlights the importance of groundwater storage for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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AMCEN 13 Focuses on Rio Conventions, Prepares for Cancun [viewed]

25 June 2010: The 13th Session of the African Ministers' Conference on Environment (AMCEN) took place in Bamako, Mali, from 20-25 June 2010, under the theme “Enhancing the interrelationship between climate change, biodiversity and desertification for sustainable development.” The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which was developed to serve as the continent's new road map for sustainable development and basis for strengthening the common negotiating position on climate change and biological diversity. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Meeting Report on Guidance for Forest Emissions and Removals [viewed]

June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the informal meeting of experts, which took place in Bonn, Germany, from 25-26 May 2010, on enhancing coordination of capacity-building activities in relation to using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance and guidelines as a basis for estimating forest-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals, forest carbon stocks and forest area changes.

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European Commission Funds Drought Resilience in the Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

23 June 2010: The European Commission has adopted a €20 million humanitarian financial package to support 12 million people affected by drought in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda in developing resilience to drought and adapting to climate change.

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Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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CBD Launches Survey on Joint Activities Among Rio Conventions [viewed]

18 June 2010: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a survey to initiate consultations on possible joint activities among the three Rio Conventions, following a request by the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14), held from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) [viewed]

Held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this meeting will will focus on plant and aquatic genetic resources, the application and integration of biotechnologies in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources, as well as on climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture. Furthermore, the Commission will consider policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including relevant aspects of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other agenda items include: the updated Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; review of cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the CBD; review of the information base for aquatic genetic resources and key issues for the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources; and review of progress in other areas of the CGRFA's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), including Forest genetic resources and animal genetic resources and overall MYPOW implementation and review.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated [viewed]

17 June 2010: In statements marking World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated annually on 17 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja have called attention to the interlinkages between soil, biodiversity and climate change.

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