Capacity Building & Education

Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

advancing_water_and_sustainable_development25 February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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Event: Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!' [viewed]

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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FAO Report: Agrocorridors Can Foster Inclusive and Sustainable Growth [viewed]

FAO11 March 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report providing guidance on how economic 'agrocorridors' can draw private capital and large-scale investment to projects that benefit smallholder farmers and increase food security in lower-income countries.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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Event: Towards a Sustainable and Legal Wildlife Trade Symposium [viewed]

Organized by the International Trade Centre (a joint UN/World Trade Organization agency) and Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, this symposium aims to enhance understanding on how to support trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives of the two-day symposium are to: foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines; provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy; and establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.  

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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

waves9 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supporting 22 Projects on Farmers' Management of PGRFA and Technology Transfer [viewed]

ITPGR6 March 2015: The Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has selected 22 projects to be supported through the third cycle of the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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CSOs Release Publications on Post-2015 Indicators, Priorities [viewed]

March 2015: Civil society organizations have published various inputs to and analyses of the post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Financing for Development (FfD) processes. Stakeholder groups and other experts elaborated their views on: SDG indicators; estimating the costs of the SDGs; human rights in the agenda; the responsibilities of developed countries; gender equality; land rights; and cross-sectoral partnerships for sustainable development.

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UNEP, IUCN Report Says Pastoralism Critical to Green Economy Transition [viewed]

unep-iucn9 March 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have published a report concluding that pastoralism-extensive livestock production in rangelands should be treated as a key element in the global transition to a green economy, as it provides “enormous benefits to humanity.”

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