Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNESCO, IUCN Propose Protecting ABNJ Sites with World Heritage Status [viewed]

iucn_unesco443 August 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have released a report that explores how world heritage status may be applied to floating rainforests, sunken coral islands and undersea volcanoes in the world's oceans. The report considers three options for expanding the World Heritage Convention to protect sites situated in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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CGRFA Releases Reports of ITWGs on Forest, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2016: The Secretariat of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has released the reports of recent meetings of its Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on the Commission's work in different subsectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture. The reports cover the Fourth Session of the ITWG on Forest Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-FGR), the Eighth Session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-PGR), and the Ninth Session of the ITWG on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-AnGR).

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report [viewed]

CGIAR2 August 2016: The 2015 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Dryland Systems, which is titled ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihood in Drylands,' highlights improvements to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people in 2015. It further notes that the scientific evidence, tools and practices generated through Dryland Systems' integrated systems approach to agricultural research helped to shape global policies to mitigate land and resource degradation “in three billion hectares of drylands.”

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July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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First International Day of Mangroves Celebrated [viewed]

UNESCO26 July 2016: The first International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was celebrated on 26 July 2016, to mark the critical importance of mangroves for food security, coastal protection, and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

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UNCCD Rolls Out Regional Capacity Building Programme on LDN Target-Setting [viewed]

unccd_gm2 August 2016: The fourth in a series of regional inception workshops bringing together 15 Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries discussed the establishment of national monitoring frameworks for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world). The workshop, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 20-21 July 2016, follows similar events for the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Central Europe and Central Asia regions. It convened under the framework of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target Setting Programme coordinated by the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Event: International Training Course on Combating Desertification for Central Asia and the Balkans [viewed]

Organized annually by Turkey's General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, with support from the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, this year's training workshop will bring together policy makers and experts from Central Asia and the Balkans that are involved in the management of environmental problems related to desertification, land degradation, afforestation, erosion control and forestry. The training course will address diverse technical issues, including: the causes of desertification and land degradation; seed and seedling production; afforestation; erosion control; and participatory approaches. It will also aim to enhance collaboration and the exchange of experiences among the countries of the region. The training workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to strengthen implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the period of 2016 to 2019. The Initiative supports the global sustainable development agenda and seeks to leverage the lessons learned from Turkey's past experience and approaches to land management.  

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CBD Analysis Shows More Efforts Needed to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

CBD20 July 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a document titled 'Updated Analysis of the Contribution of Targets Established by Parties and Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.' According to the publication, while CBD Parties have made efforts to adopt national targets in line with the Convention's Aichi Biodiversity Targets and have taken national action in support of the Targets, current progress and commitments are insufficient to achieve the Targets by 2020.

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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ELD, PROFOR and UNCCD Marshall Evidence in Support of Land Restoration [viewed]

eld_cgiar_unccd_proforJuly 2016: Partners of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative are fine-tuning a joint roadmap for the next phase of the Initiative, which aims to increase awareness raising and engage key stakeholders to scale up efforts to promote sustainable land management (SLM). Some recent studies bolstering the case for large-scale land restoration initiatives include: the ELD synthesis report, 'The Value of Land'; the forthcoming Global Land Outlook, to be published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2017; and an article by the Program on Forests (PROFOR), which draws some lessons from Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale land restoration project in São Paolo, Brazil.

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