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Technologies to Support MRV and Track Private Sector Deforestation Commitments [viewed]

cifor_profor_unep_wcmc1 April 2015: During March, the month that marked the celebration of the International Day of Forests, a number of significant forest-related research studies, tools and technologies were released.

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Birds in the Spotlight at CMS [viewed]

CMS31 March 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that this year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) will be 'Energy – make it bird-friendly!' It will "highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats."

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FOREST EUROPE, PROFOR, GEF Focus on Advancing SFM in Europe [viewed]

world_bank_gef_forests31 March 2015: Across Europe, new publications and projects and ongoing policy discussions are supporting expanded action on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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Event: Wildlife Forum [viewed]

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

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Event: Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will review the status of compliance of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, address cases of non-compliance and provide advice and assistance to improve compliance.  

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Event: ELD Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 2015 [viewed]

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is convening its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement'. Building on the first course in 2014, which focused on performing cost-benefit analyses to promote sustainable land management (SLM), the 2015 ELD MOOC will address the importance of working with relevant stakeholders to implement SLM choices effectively and sustainably. The MOOC is hosted by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Global Campus 21®.The course will take place from 5 May to 29 June 2015.  

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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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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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