Publication

UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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UNECE/FAO Forest Billboard Highlights Project Activities [viewed]

FAO UNECEMarch 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section have published the March 2014 edition of the Forest Information Billboard. The Billboard highlights an effort to assess the accuracy of the European Forest Sector Outlook Study's (EFSOS II) projections on wood used for energy generation up through 2030.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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Case Study Reviews Forest and Farm Facility Experiences in Nicaragua [viewed]

iucn-fao-iied24 March 2014: In a case study titled 'Multi-stakeholder Governance Strengthens Sustainable Livelihoods in Bosawas, Nicaragua,' the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners review stakeholder coordination for forest management in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua.

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UNFCCC Publishes Brazil's Submission on CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Projects [viewed]

UNFCCC24 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published Brazil's submission of its views on the implications of a possible revision of the eligibility of lands as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) afforestation and reforestation projects during the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/MISC.1).

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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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ILC Highlights Role in Promoting Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Land [viewed]

ILCMarch 2014: Building on the Antigua Declaration of 2013, the International Land Coalition (ILC) has published a review of how its strategic objectives contribute to strengthening indigenous peoples' land, territory and resource rights.

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GSP Releases Report on Launch of Latin America Soil Partnership [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)March 2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a workshop report documenting the launch of its regional partnership for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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ICRAF Analyzes Agroforestry on a Global Scale [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)March 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a working paper, titled 'Trees on Farms - an update and reanalysis of agroforestry's global extent and socio-ecological characteristics,' which profiles the extent and characteristics of agroforestry around the world. The paper demonstrates an increase in the extent of agroforestry, noting that the number of people engaged in agroforestry also increased between 2000 and 2010.

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High-level Dialogue Report on Harnessing Innovation for Agriculture Presented at CAADP Meeting [viewed]

caadp-logo22 March 2014: The Chair's Summary of a high-level dialogue on agricultural transformation in Africa has been released under the title 'Optimism for African Agriculture and Food Systems.' In the report, meeting co-chairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), and Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, reflect on the potential for rapid growth, opportunities to advance change, and steps to couple vision with action for agricultural development in the region.

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