Publication

CCAFS Outlines Six Steps to Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSNovember 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has pubished a booklet on six steps needed to achieve climate resilience in agriculture while also reducing agricultural emissions. Using examples from five years of CCAFS research, the booklet lays out how actions on disseminating technology, promoting insurance, delivering climate forecasts, enhancing national enabling environments, informing global policies and processes, and scaling up investments in climate smart-agriculture contribute to making the world's poorest farmers more climate resilient.

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CBD Business Newsletter Focuses on Private Sector Engagement in ABS [viewed]

CBDNovember 2015: The November 2015 edition of Business 2020, a newsletter on business and biodiversity published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), features background articles, case studies and reports on the role of the private sector in implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), aiming to help companies to better understand the Protocol's provisions and opportunities and challenges arising from its obligations.

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Report Makes Case for Global Assessment of Land and Soils in Context of the SDGs [viewed]

land_degradation_neutralityNovember 2015: A study commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and carried out by the ISRIC - World Soil Information based in Wageningen, The Netherlands, entitled ‘Land Degradation Neutrality: An examination of methods,' provides a critical review of major land and soils assessments undertaken since the 1970s. The study notes that there has been no “truly global, land based assessment” since 1990, despite the demand for such data, and expresses hope that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) will help generate momentum for a universally-agreed conceptual framework and “the beginning of a global monitoring effort to better understand trends of soil degradation and improvement over time.”

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‘Biodegradable' Plastics Are Not the Solution to Marine Litter, Finds UNEP Report [viewed]

biodegradableplastics_unep17 November 2015: The widespread adoption of ‘biodegradable' products will not contribute to a significant decrease in the volume of plastic entering the ocean or to a decline in the chemical and physical risks that plastics pose to the marine environment, according to a report released by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).

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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

wavesNovember 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

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CDM Executive Board Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual report of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), covering the period from 1 October 2014 to 16 October 2015. The report highlights that the CDM is challenged by continuing low demand for certified emissions reductions (CERs) and resulting difficulties in continuing implementation or operation of CDM projects.

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ASB Partnership Policy Brief Examines REDD+, Climate and SDG Implementation [viewed]

icraf_asbNovember 2015: A policy brief, titled ‘Transforming REDD+ and achieving the SDGs through support for adaptation-mitigation synergy,' reflects on how to incorporate the lessons learned from a decade of REDD+ implementation in the new climate agreement. The Brief was produced by the Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) Partnership for the Tropical Forest at the World Agroforestry Centre, a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

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CIFOR Paper Discusses Silvicultural Options for Tropical Forests [viewed]

CIFORNovember 2015: A paper published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), titled 'Futures of Tropical Production Forests,' concludes that there is a critical need for interdisciplinary research at appropriate scales to inform decisions about forests.

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UNCCD Publishes Brief on Land-Climate Nexus [viewed]

land_matters_for_climate11 November 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a brief titled, ‘Land matters for climate: Reducing the gap and approaching the target​,' ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France. The publication states that additional commitments contained in the UNCCD's Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target − which envisages rehabilitating 12 million hectares of degraded land globally each year − could help close roughly 25% of the estimated emissions gap of 13 gigatonnes of equivalent CO2 (GtC02e), and amounts to “two-thirds of the expected emissions reduction pledges of all INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions] in the year 2030.”

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Arctic Council Working Group Assesses Methane Mitigation Benefits for Arctic Warming [viewed]

Arctic Council30 October 2015: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), one of the six Working Groups of the Arctic Council, has released its assessment report on methane as a climate forcer. The report concludes that methane mitigation can complement action on carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation in reducing Arctic warming, and contribute to reducing the potential of increased methane emissions from natural terrestrial and marine sources in the Arctic due to a warming climate.

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