Land

UNCCD COP 9 Identifies Indicators for Monitoring and Assessing the Extent of Desertification, Drought and Land Degradation [viewed]

© ENB3 October 2009: Among the 36 decisions adopted before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October, at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was a decision that identifies two indicators – the proportion of the population in affected areas living above the poverty line and land cover status – as the minimum subset of impact indicators required for reporting by affected countries beginning in 2012, along with additional, optional impact indicators.

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World Bank Estimates Costs of Adaptation [viewed]

© The World Bank30 September 2009: The World Bank has presented the results of an Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC) study, which estimates costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010-2050, considering a 2°C warmer world.

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UNCCD COP 9 Considers Links with Climate Change during High-Level Segment [viewed]

L-R: Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD; Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana; Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina; Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina; Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland; and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya29 September 2009: The high-level segment of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conducted a roundtable discussion on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” The two-day segment, which convened from 28-29 September 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together participants from over 60 States.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Global Warming and Improve Crop Productivity - IAEA [viewed]

Researchers assess greenhouse gas (nitrous oxide) emissions from no-till agriculture in Queensland, Australia - © Ram Dalal / University of Queensland23 September 2009: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a story on the importance of proper crop management for mitigating climate change, and the role nuclear technologies play in effective soil management.

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UNCCD Secretariat Announces Plan to Offset COP 9 Carbon Emissions [viewed]

© UNCCD18 September 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Secretary of Environment of Argentina have announced that they are taking action towards making the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) carbon neutral.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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IFAD Executive Board Approves Funding for Climate Change Adaptation Projects [viewed]

© IFAD15 September 2009: The 97th meeting of the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held from 14-15 September 2009, in Rome, Italy, approved grants and loans totalling US$217.82 million for projects in 15 countries.

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GEF Publishes Booklet on its Efforts to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification Globally [viewed]

© GEF September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet portraying its activities to combat land degradation and desertification.

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AGROFORESTRY CONFERENCE PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE LAND USE [viewed]

The Second World Congress on Agroforestry took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-28 August 2009.

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