Cooperation & Partnerships

World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity [viewed]

World20bank20logoa27 March 2015: The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty met under the theme ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.' It highlighted that while land tenure affects asset distribution between men and women, generations and social groups, land-use patterns will have significant implications for socioeconomic outcomes at the household, community and/or landscape levels.

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Rome High-Level Event Underscores Links between Land Restoration and Global Security [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)March 2015: A high-level event organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) has emphasized the role of land restoration in reducing global threats and securing the livelihoods of communities affected by land degradation. Speaking at the event, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed that populations in affected areas “are simply running out of coping mechanisms locally,” and that under such circumstances “migration is one way out… extremism and conflict is another.”

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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First GSLEP Meeting Discusses Progress on Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

global-snow-leopard26 March 2015: The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program's Steering Committee convened for the first time to take stock of the progress made on GSLEP Program goals. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan was elected chairman of the Steering Committee of the Program.

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European Soil Partnership Workshop Discusses Regional Implementation Plan [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)19 March 2015: A workshop convened by the European Soil Partnership (ESP) and organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) provided an update on the status of implementation of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). Participants highlighted regional-level developments and key challenges faced by the ESP. Focal Points from 20 European countries and partners from more than 20 countries participated in order to consolidate the ESP and discuss the regional implementation plan.

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Conference Urges Climate-Smart Agriculture that Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

smart_agriculture_201518 March 2015: The Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium along with other partners, concluded with the adoption of the Montpellier Statement. With a view to developing sustainable landscapes and food systems, the Statement identifies what is needed for CSA solutions that address food security, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade Adopts Kasane Statement [viewed]

cites_mike25 March 2015: A little over a year after 46 States adopted the 'London Declaration' on illegal wildlife trade, the 2015 African Elephant Summit and the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade convened to take stock of progress and challenges, and determine ways forward with regard to stemming wildlife crime, trafficking and poaching. The Conference adopted the Kasane Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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Voluntary Guidelines Newsletter Reports on Implementation Workshops [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative' newsletter for March 2015. The newsletter highlights stories from the field, using the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Kasese, Uganda, where tenure security is being improved, especially for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups, with a specific focus on women, girls and youth.

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UNCCD Secretariat Evaluates the Effectiveness of NAPs in Advance of CRIC 13 [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 March 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an evaluation report on the effectiveness of national action programmes (NAPs) as tools for policy change, based on the premise that “a virtuous circle” exists between the dual roles of NAPs as both a practical framework for action and a driver of political action. The evaluation stresses that this circle has in fact broken down, and explores the political dimension of obstacles to national-level implementation of action on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

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Great Green Wall Countries Discuss Resilience Strategies [viewed]

sawap19 March 2015: The proceedings and main outcomes of the second regional conference and associated technical training workshops for members of the Sahel and West Africa Programme (SAWAP) in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) have been published. Among other issues, participants discussed experiences from several countries on how to optimize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing data for improved drought monitoring and best practices for directing funds towards participatory sustainable land and water management activities at the local level.

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