Publication

GDWGL Proposes Monitoring Framework for Voluntary Land Tenure Guidelines [viewed]

globaldonorplataformApril 2016: The Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) has published a policy brief highlighting the experiences of platform members in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). Titled ‘Donor Land Group's Position on Taking Stock of VGGT Implementation,' the brief aims to contribute to a planned stocktaking exercise by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 43rd Plenary Meeting in October 2016.

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ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning [viewed]

un_rimes25 April 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques.

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FAO Report Provides Guidance on ABS Elements for GRFA [viewed]

abs_elementApril 2016: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) for Different Subsectors of GRFA (‘ABS Elements'). The report aims to support governments considering legislative, administrative or policy measures for ABS to take into account the importance of GRFA, their special role in food security and the features of the subsectors of GRFA while complying with international ABS instruments.

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration [viewed]

eld_fao_unep_ittoApril 2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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IPBES Secretariat Releases Report of Fourth Plenary Session [viewed]

ipbesApril 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the fourth session of its Plenary (IPBES-4).

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Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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UNECE Publishes Environmental Performance Reviews for Belarus, Georgia [viewed]

UNECEMarch 2016: The third Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of Belarus and Georgia assess the countries' performance on environmental and economic targets and international environmental commitments, with the aim of guiding improvements in environmental management and integrating environmental considerations into economic sectors. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) published the reviews, which also highlight challenges and successes in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provide recommendations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP, Italy and Partners Take Action to Protect Marine Resources and Support Achievement of SDG 14 [viewed]

unep_italy15 April 2016: UN agencies, governments and partners are taking steps towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Recent actions include: agreement on the ‘Rome Call to Action' to promote the design of effective, equitable and financial sustainable marine protected areas (MPAs); and a set of guidance material and a video to raise awareness on how recreational diving can contribute to marine conservation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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FAO Publishes 2014 Yearbook of Forest Products [viewed]

fao_headquartersApril 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its latest 'Yearbook of Forest Products,' a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world.

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EU FLEGT Facility Releases Factsheet on VPAs and the SDGs [viewed]

euflegt30 March 2016: The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility has released a factsheet and a briefing exploring how Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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