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Event: Sixth MEP and Bureau Meeting of IPBES [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Bureau meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany.  

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Event: FAO Technical Meeting on the Green Negotiated Territorial Development Approach (GreeNTD) [viewed]

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to discuss a proposed analytical framework on Green Negotiated Territorial Development (GreeNTD) and how it can be applied to support bottom-up, negotiated approaches to enhance equitable and sustainable access, use and management of natural resources. The GreeNTD approach introduces the concept of ecological security to ensure that decision makers pay sufficient attention to the growing competition for natural resources, while enhancing the sustainable use of ecosystems and resilience of vulnerable communities. In addition to critically reviewing the different elements of the proposed framework, the meeting will explore possible synergies between GreeNTD and other governance approaches, notably, disaster risk management, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and existing regional initiatives.  

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management [viewed]

The workshop will introduce the main technical concepts and approaches underpinning the project, which is coordinated by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat. The three interrelated dimensions are: national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling best practices in sustainable land management (SLM); a global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results. Representatives of 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe that are participating in the project will provide an overview of their SLM status, as well as proposed strategies, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project. Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. On the final day of the workshop, the project steering committee will convene its first meeting on operational and coordination issues.  

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Event: FAO Technical Meeting on Land Governance and Social Protection [viewed]

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to review two scoping papers addressing complementary dimensions of land governance and social protection. The first scoping document compares the impact of investing in rights-based approaches to natural resources or social protection schemes, in terms of achieving the overall objective of reducing vulnerability and food insecurity. The second document explores the linkages between gender, social protection and natural resources management from a global poverty perspective.  

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Event: IPBES E-conference on Scoping Assessments for Invasive Alien Species and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity [viewed]

This e-conference will take place in three sessions. Co-Chairs from the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will moderate the discussions where participants will review and further develop the initial scoping for (a) the thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control and (b) the thematic assessment on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools.  

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FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity [viewed]

ifad_fao24 August 2015: UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements.

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ISC 2015 Calls for Greater Action to Protect Soils [viewed]

isc-iys21 August 2015: Participants attending the International Soil Conference (ISC 2015), titled 'Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security,' called for greater action to stop the degradation of soils in order to enhance food security and sustainable development. The four-day conference was organized by Thailand's Land Development Department, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other partners, under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS).

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms [viewed]

unredd-fcpf17 August 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Scientists Investigate Scale of Plastic Trash in Southern Indian Ocean [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 August 2015: Scientists from eight countries aboard the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are assessing the scale and nature of industrial trash, including plastics and micro-plastics, in remote parts of the southern Indian Ocean. FAO notes that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans both have floating islands of trash twice the size of Texas, but the extent and impact of trash and plastic in the southern Indian Ocean is not yet known. The research mission aims to fill this information gap.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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