Capacity Building & Education

GLF Youth Report Calls for Greater Respect for Age Diversity [viewed]

glf16 February 2015: At the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), held at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), a particular effort was made to incorporate youth, build their capacity to participate and demonstrate the benefit of youth engagement. As a follow up to these efforts, the Forum has released a report on building knowledge and skills among youth participants in the GLF.

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ILC Synthesis Responds to Revised World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework [viewed]

ILCFebruary 2015: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has compiled a synthesis of submissions by its network of members regarding the first draft of the revised World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESF).

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Event: International Symposium on Forest Biotechnology for Smallholders (FBS 2015) [viewed]

This symposium builds on the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Development and Sustainable Use of Forest Genetic Resources, adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in June 2013. The Plan identifies the use of new technologies, including biotechnology, as a strategic priority in meeting the rising global demand for forest products and reducing the over-exploitation and degradation of natural forests. The event will share experiences in the use of biotechnology to improve productivity, boost sustainable forest management (SFM) and to support industrial wood production by family farmers, including outgrowers. The symposium aims to contribute to: assessment and information sharing on new applications of biotechnology in smallholder forestry; political awareness of the role of planted forests in poverty reduction, food and energy security and environmental services; and technical support for policy making in relation to family production systems. Co-organized by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), FAO and the Southern Federation of Workers on Family Farms (FETRAF SUL), the symposium will bring together forest researchers and extension workers, students, public policy experts, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.  

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Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2015: Participants at the Drylands Monitoring Week, which was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), saw the launch of a global assessment of land management in grassland and pastoral systems to enhance the sustainable management and restoration of drylands and developed the 'Rome Promise on Monitoring and Assessment of Drylands for Sustainable Management and Restoration.'

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Event: Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety from the Caribbean Region to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation. Participants will also address: the Protocol's status of implementation in the Caribbean; the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets and their implementation in the region; public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs); and ratification and implementation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.  

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Event: EU-SDC Programme on Land Governance in Africa Launch [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Niger, will organize a series of events to launch the European Union-Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (EU-SDC) Programme on Land Governance in Africa. The Programme aims to promote the integrated implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Swaziland. The Programme will support these countries' efforts to mainstream the VGGT and F&G in their policy, legal and institutional processes through awareness raising, capacity development, technical facilitation, strengthening of partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation. The programme of events will include: the launch of the EU-SDC Programme and multi-stakeholder awareness raising workshop on VGGT and F&G on 24 February; the First capitalization meeting on 25-26 February; and training on VGGT and F&G on 27 February 2015. The events will bring together about 30 participants representing the EU, SDC, FAO, LPI, coordinators of implementing organizations, and representatives of government land agencies from the ten countries.  

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Event: Biodiversity Sustainable Development and the Law: International Symposium [viewed]

Global environmental leaders and practitioners will share valuable insight on the past successes, current hurdles and potential future solutions concerning biodiversity degradation and loss, as well as the role the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands can play.  

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Event: ISMOM 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

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CBD, WHO Report Discusses How Biodiversity Protection Benefits Human Health [viewed]

CBD13 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have produced a report on biodiversity and health that shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to improved human health. The report, titled ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health,' which was launched during the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Calcutta, India, outlines the ways that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity positively impact human health.

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TEEB Holds Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation in China [viewed]

Teeb11 February 2015: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has brought together representatives from governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector for a workshop on implementing TEEB in China and strengthening information and knowledge sharing in the TEEB stakeholder network. Stakeholder discussions focused on a range of national and international topics, including global implementation, valuation methodologies, sustainability practices of businesses and NGOs, and the development of policy-based TEEB frameworks.

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