Capacity Building & Education

Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review Completes its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC9 February 2015: The 2nd meeting of the fourth session of the structured expert dialogue (SED 4-2) took place in conjunction with the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. At its final meeting, the SED completed its work by addressing, in a balanced manner, all remaining inputs to the 2013–2015 review, focusing on information sources other than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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UNEP, IUCN Publication Explores Pastoralism's Role in Sustainability and the Green Economy [viewed]

unep-iucnFebruary 2015: The publication titled 'Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?' discusses the findings of a joint study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The study aims to uncover “the social, economic and environmental arguments for increased recognition of sustainable pastoralism as a viable land management option for the world's rangelands.”

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UNCCD Announces Short Story Contest [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a short story writing contest on the theme ‘Land nurturing people nurturing life.' Contributions in a variety of literary expressions and styles are invited, ranging from poetry to stories of up to 500 words.

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IWG Reviews Harmonization and Utility of Forest Product Data [viewed]

itto-fao-unece30 January 2015: The Intersecretariat Working Group on Forest Sector Statistics (IWG) met to review data collection efforts and plan for future activities. In particular, the meeting highlighted that, in 2014, data were made available on 50 forest products, thereby reducing national reporting burdens by half.

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GMS Countries Call for Investment in Natural Capital Assets [viewed]

ADB29 January 2015: Environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries agreed that natural capital assets, such as forests and farmlands, are the basis for sustainable development in the region, at the close of the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting (EMM4). They also called for timely and effective investment in the protection and enhancement of these assets.

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UNU, UNEP Launch 2014 Inclusive Wealth Report [viewed]

unep-unuDecember 2014: The UN University's International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released the ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2014' (IWR 2014). The main objective of the report is to offer quantitative information and long-term analysis of global inclusive wealth (IW) to evaluate the capacity of nations to provide for the welfare of their citizens in a sustainable manner.

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CBD Publishes Press Briefs on Wetlands [viewed]

CBD2 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, published a series of press briefs focusing on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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GEF/UNDP Small Grants Programme Empowers Community Groups to Protect Ecosystems [viewed]

Smallgrants30 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UN Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided direct funding to numerous community groups and organizations worldwide to develop skills, build capacity and undertake projects with the potential to produce global environmental benefits.

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Event: Celebrating Soils [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, this conference aims to raise public awareness of the central importance of soils, both in the maintenance of healthy food production for future generations and as the world's largest carbon bank and a potential regulator of climate change. The conference is co-organized by a consortium of organizations, including the Save Our Soils Initiative, International Foundation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and WWF.  

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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