Capacity Building & Education

IPBES to Undertake Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) has approved a timetable for carrying out an assessment on land degradation and restoration. The assessment is part of a first set of three thematic assessments to be carried out by the Platform between 2015 and 2018. The final outcome will include an executive summary presenting key findings and policy-relevant conclusions, a summary for policymakers and an eight-chapter report.

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UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2015: The inception meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Project, attended by 15 country delegates, took place from 14-16 January 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The project's objective is to contribute towards implementing the outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), by providing the UNCCD with empirical evidence on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the LDN goal.

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ILC: Post-2015 Agenda Must Include Secure and Equitable Land Rights [viewed]

ILCJanuary 2015: The International Land Coalition (ILC) published a technical briefing on ‘Secure and Equitable Land Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' in advance of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations. The paper emphasizes the importance of: secure and equitable land rights for achieving sustainable development for all; a stand-alone target promoting women's land rights in the goal on gender equality and a reference to both women and men in all land-related targets; support for customary and collective rights; and use of the term “secure and equitable land rights to land and natural resources” rather than “access to.”

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Guest Article #44: Focus on the Ocean at IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress: Report from Sydney, Australia [viewed]

The 2014 World Parks Congress (WPC), an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) global forum on protected areas that is convened only once every ten years, was held in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. It was a landmark event attended by over 6000 of the world's most prominent players in protected area management from 170 countries. They gathered to exchange ideas and best practices, and to set a global agenda for the next decade. While past WPC events focused mainly on the management, protection and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, 2014 WPC had a unique focus on marine conservation, putting forth a vibrant and comprehensive agenda boasting some 250 ocean-related sessions that embraced protection of the 70% of Earth that is ocean.

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IPBES-3 Adopts 2014-2018 Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) concluded with delegates adopting a number of decisions, including on: the work programme for 2014-2018; a stakeholder engagement strategy (SES); a communications and outreach strategy; the financial and budgetary arrangements; and rules of procedure for the Platform on, inter alia, the conflict of interest (COI) policy.

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IFAD Project Combats Land Degradation in Ethiopia [viewed]

IFAD16 January 2015: An International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-supported project in Ethiopia is making progress in addressing land degradation. The 'Community-based Natural Resource Management Project,' located in the watershed of Lake Tana in the northwest of the country focuses on combating land degradation and promoting sustainable land management (SLM) to increase agricultural productivity, household food security, incomes and climate change resilience.

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Biovision Paper Outlines Concerns on Food and Nutrition Security in Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Biovision14 January 2014: Biovision-Foundation for Ecological Development has published a discussion paper outlining the priorities of several organizations for the final stage of the post-2015 negotiations, including on means of implementation, finance, monitoring and accountability, indicators, and goals and targets.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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FAO Explores Bio-Based Packaging for Food and Drinks [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), during the preparatory meeting for the 56th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-Based Industries (ACSFI), discussed ongoing work on bio-based packaging for saving food and greening the food and drinks supply chain (FDSC).

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Event: CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 [viewed]

The Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will convene the Second Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG2) to the Raptors MoU.  

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