Technology / Transfer

FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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CIF Pledges Reach US$8.3 Billion [viewed]

CIF8 December 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has received approximately US$765 million in funding for its four programmes, bringing total CIF contributions to approximately US$8.3 billion. The additional financing will enable the CIF to expand into more countries and bridge a financing gap faced by some of its programmes.

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Alliance Aims to Expand Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD8 December 2014: As part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Vision 25 x 25, which aims to reach 25 million African farm households by 2025, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) initiative will ensure that six million smallholders in Africa are practicing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) within the next seven years.

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IAEA, FAO Use Nuclear Techniques to Combat Soil Degradation [viewed]

fao-iaea4 December 2014: A number of projects utilizing nuclear techniques and undertaken jointly by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have led to a significant decrease in soil degradation in several countries. Such techniques can help protect soil from degradation, which affects 1.9 billion hectares of land or 65% of global soil resources, according to IAEA, which also estimates that soil erosion, the main driver of degradation, results in an annual loss of 75 billion tons of fertile soil, and costs approximately US$400 billion annually.

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GBIF Announces 2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge [viewed]

GBIfDecember 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The Challenge aims to inspire scientists, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create new applications of open-access biodiversity data, encouraging innovative use of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF's international network.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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CCAFS, CTA, CARE Brief Discusses Food Security in a Changing Climate [viewed]

ccfs-cta-care13 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CARE Denmark have released an issue brief on six issues to address in a changing climate to prevent additional loss and damage and promote the long-term viability of smallholder farmers. The brief emphasizes the importance of advancing food security and nutrition through major agreements expected in 2015 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference [viewed]

IMO18 November 2014: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared strategies for implementing its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) with flag and port authorities, ship operators, engineering firms and other stakeholders at the Seventh Annual Middle-East Shiptech Conference. The conference explored how the Middle East region can best apply technology to maximize energy efficiency, fuel economy and shipping safety.

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WMO, GWP Highlight Drought Management Programme [viewed]

GWP WMO20 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP-CEE) released a video on the Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The video notes increasing economic losses due to drought in the CEE region.

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