UNCCD

Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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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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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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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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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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Event: International Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms: Combating Desertification and Erosion [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sharing Turkey's experience and approaches to land management and combating desertification and land degradation with other affected countries. The workshop targets decision makers, meteorologists and non-governmental organizations from the West Asia and the North Africa region involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storms, erosion control, desertification and forestry. It will also provide an opportunity for key players from the region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on sand and dust storms that is currently under development. The workshop is co-organized by Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), the General Directorate of Forestry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).  

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Event: ELD Southeast Asia - Interim Report Meeting [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, will bring together stakeholders and representatives from different Southeast Asian countries to present and discuss insights from partial data analysis undertaken for a regional study on ELD. Topics to be covered at the workshop include, inter alia: the global context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target and the contribution of research undertaken by the ELD Initiative; the land degradation situation in South East Asia; the links between sustainable land management (SLM) and LDN; the role of the private sector in promoting or impeding SLM; and how to promote LDN through national and local legislation.  

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UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom22 June 2016: A joint project by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring ways to stem the rural-urban exodus in West Africa by developing sustainable alternatives for seasonal migration. Such migration was traditionally used as a coping mechanism in times of poor harvests or extreme drought, but is increasingly being replaced by more permanent relocation due to the cumulative impact of drought, land degradation and climate change on local livelihoods.

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