Cooperation & Partnerships

CARIAA Updates on Adaptation Projects in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has provided an update on a common research programme on climate change adaptation that is carried out by four consortia. The four consortia are: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR); Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA); Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience (HI-AWARE); and Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE).

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IWC Gray Whale Research Documents Longest Mammal Migration [viewed]

iwcApril 2014: Research by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has contributed to increased understanding on the distribution, movements and population structure of western and eastern North Pacific gray whale populations. IWC has coordinated a rangewide review of the North Pacific gray whale as part of its joint Conservation Management Plan (CMP) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship [viewed]

Arctic Council25 April 2015: The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017), brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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IDB, IWA Launch World's First Rating Agency for the Water Sector [viewed]

idb_iwaMarch 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Water Association (IWA) have jointly developed and established the world's first rating agency for the water sector. The agency, called AquaRating, helps water and sanitation utilities improve management and performance; establishes the international standard for assessing water and sanitation services provision; and provides an impartial and credible evaluation of performance and management practices.

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GWF Article: Wise Resource Allocation Critical to Achieve Water, Food Security SDGs [viewed]

Global Water ForumMarch 2015: Implementing smart policies related to land and water resources can help to achieve water and food security objectives within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a paper published by the Global Water Forum (GWF). The article stresses that, as long as resources are wisely allocated and managed, sufficient water will exist to achieve food production goals and sustain livelihoods.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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