Land

UNEP's Carbon Finance Initiative Proceeds [viewed]

Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe),

27 February 2009: Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe), which is coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risø Centre in partnership with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and the French National Forestry Office, recently selected four projects to move forward, pending formal approval of their Project Idea Notes.

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CSD17 IPM Addresses Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Agriculture, Drought and Desertification [viewed]

CSD-17 Chair Gerda Verburg (the Netherlands)

27 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) took place from 23-27 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The IPM's role was to provide a forum to discuss policy options and possible actions to enable the implementation of measures and policies concerning agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa – the thematic issues under consideration during the CSD16/CSD17 two-year “implementation cycle.”

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UNFF to Consider Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has posted additional documents in preparation for its eighth session, which will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US. These include discussion papers submitted by the Major Groups, and advance unedited reports on, inter alia: forests and climate change; forest degradation and desertification; and recommendations for forests in a changing environment.

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Speakers at Opening Session for CSD IPM Highlight Linkages with Climate Change [viewed]

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

23 February 2009: Speakers at the opening session of the Intersessional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) highlighted linkages between climate change and CSD17's thematic cluster of issues: agriculture, Africa, drought, desertification, land and rural development. The IPM is meeting in New York, US, from 23-27 February 2009.

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WMO Workshop Recommends Developing a Drought Index [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

19 February 2009: The International Workshop on Drought and Extreme Temperatures, organized jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Administration, took place from 16-17 February 2009, in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together over 40 scientists from climate and agricultural research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations, and concluded with the adoption of several recommendations to cope with increasing droughts and extreme temperatures on agriculture, rangelands and forestry.

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UNEP Releases Year Book 2009 [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2009

16 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2009, which highlights environmental trends and relevant innovation, and points to the need for a low carbon economy.

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UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 513 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has submitted to the fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) a proposal stressing the need to include in the UNFCCC negotiation agenda practical approaches, such as biochar-related (charcoal) mitigation, focusing on increased land productivity.

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High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture Calls for Support for Climate Change Adaptation, Forwards Declaration to CSD 17 [viewed]

Libertina Amathila, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia

10 February 2009: The High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century - Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution, which convened from 9-10 February, in Windhoek, Namibia, adopted a declaration in which participants called for, among other measures, support to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

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UNCCD Announces Conference to Discuss Monitoring and Assessment of Desertification and Land Degradation [viewed]

Organized by the Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD) with the assistance of the UNCCD Secretariat.

6 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released information concerning the scientific conference to be held in conjunction with the next meeting of its Committee on Science and Technology. The conference will consider “Bio-physical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

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WMO Expert Team on Droughts to Meet in Beijing [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Expert Team Meeting on “Drought and Extreme Temperatures: Preparedness and Management for Sustainable Agriculture, Rangelands, Forestry, and Fisheries” will be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Beijing, China.

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