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FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity[viewed]

UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements.

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ISC 2015 Calls for Greater Action to Protect Soils[viewed]

Participants attending the International Soil Conference (ISC 2015) 'Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security' called for greater action to stop the degradation of soils in order to enhance food security and sustainable development. The four-day conference was organized by Thailand's Land Development Department, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other partners, under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS).

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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COMIFAC, Rainforest Alliance Review VPA/FLEGT Process in Congo Basin[viewed]

The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Rainforest Alliance have published a review of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) and voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) concluded between Congo Basin countries and the EU, highlighting achievements and remaining challenges.

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ELD Launches Guide for Assessing Economics of Land Management[viewed]

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative has published a user guide for assessing the total economic value of land and land-based services that draws on the '6+1' cost-benefit analysis approach used by ELD and its partners to support scientifically sound decision making and action on sustainable land management (SLM).

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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter Tropical Forest Update, which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV[viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations.

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG[viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development[viewed]

The opening plenary of World Water Week featured a lecture by Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Rajendra Singh, and a statement on 'Raising the profile of water in the global climate discourse' by Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, President of the COP 20 to the UNFCCC. A high-level panel discussion also took place, featuring: Gina Casar, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF); Barbara Frost, Chief Executive, WaterAid; and Laura Barneby, Unilever.

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6th Regional 3R Forum Examines Economic Opportunities Offerred by 3Rs and Resource Efficiency[viewed]

The Sixth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific met in Male, Maldives from 16-19 August 2015 to discuss economic opportunities posed by 3Rs, the linkages between waste management, urban management, water security and sustainable tourism, and national progress toward the 2023 3R goals set by the Forum in its 2013 Ha Noi Declaration. The outcome document, inter alia, recognizes the contribution of the 3Rs to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

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