Capacity Building & Education

Event: Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) Workshop [viewed]

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Eurasian sub-regional Soil Partnership (EASP) was launched in November 2013, and its Secretariat is hosted by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), in Moscow, the Russian Federation. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership that took place in Izmir, Turkey, in June 2015. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

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Event: Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS) [viewed]

Addressing the theme ‘Critical soil solutions for sustainable development in Africa,' this conference was initially organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, but postponed due to the security situation in Burkina Faso. Organizing partners include the Burkina Faso Ministry of Rural Development and several national soil science and research institutes; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and ISRIC - World Soil Information. Conference sub-themes include: soil productivity in tropical agrosystems; land ownership and sustainable land management; soil and climate change; and education and capacity building in soil science in Africa. The conference will comprise a three-day scientific meeting gathering soil scientists, land planners and users and related specialists, followed by a post-conference tour focusing on issues such as food insecurity, climate change, land degradation, land and water knowledge management and renewable energies. In addition, IITA and other partners will convene a special sub-regional program on the theme: ‘Soil fertility management recommendations for sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa.' The aim of the special program is to enable a wide range of stakeholders to use real-time information towards development outcomes in policy-making and technologies for land management, thus contributing to increased food production and improved natural resource management.  

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

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GEF-FAO-GOF Program to Strengthen Capacity for Participation in ABNJ Negotiations [viewed]

common_oceansJanuary 2016: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' will seek to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues through the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program.

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Event: ABNJ Regional Leaders Program [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

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Event: 2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency [viewed]

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

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UNEP Releases Guide on Environmental Assessment Frameworks [viewed]

UNEPDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a guide for policy makers for selecting and implementing appropriate environmental assessment frameworks. The brochure, titled 'An Introduction to Environmental Assessment,' gives an overview of available frameworks, including those most commonly used by UNEP, provides guidance on selecting appropriate frameworks, introduces common terms and concepts and provides illustrative examples.

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Event: Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will discuss issues and challenges relating to the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the implementation of obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for Parties from the Central and Eastern European Region.  

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Event: Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to review the status of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the African Region. Participants will also discuss: tools, strategies and opportunities to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans; strategies for mobilizing additional resources for implementation; and measures to implement the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and potential challenges to the ratification of the Supplementary Protocol.  

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CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites11 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) has opened in Geneva, Switzerland. Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway, emphasized the busy agenda and highlighted some of CITES' successes as well as key international developments: stronger alliances with other organizations; UN General Assembly resolution 69/314 on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife; and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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