Capacity Building & Education

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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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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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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ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base [viewed]

ITPGR24 March 2015: Meeting from 2-3 March 2015, in Rome, Italy, the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) made recommendations for the development of a toolbox to support implementation of the Treaty's programme of work on sustainable use, including an initial focus on uses of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that may expand the genetic base of crops.

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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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Event: WIPO Seminar on IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this seminar will review regional, national and local experiences on intellectual property (IP) and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, including on commercial and non-commercial uses of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, the meaning of "public domain," and disclosure requirements.  

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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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UNCCD Secretariat Publishes Independent Evaluation of Integrated Investment Frameworks [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 March 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an 'Independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Integrated Investment Frameworks,' which aims to assess the effectiveness of IIFs in supporting resource mobilization for sustainable land management (SLM). Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and Senegal were chosen as case studies for the evaluation.

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