Capacity Building & Education

ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet [viewed]

Itto9 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan released an updated version of the REDD+ booklet highlighting relevant findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Experts Meet to Write Book on Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment [viewed]

GLTN - UN Habitat9 December 2014: A group of experts from the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)/UN-Habitat and others in the field of land readjustment met in order to write a book on participatory inclusive land readjustment (PILaR). The group convened in Elementaita, Kenya, from 24-28 November 2014. PILaR borrows from conventional land readjustment, which is increasingly being used in developing countries, and is one way in which to convert open fields and slums into livable urban neighborhoods.

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Practitioner's Guide Addresses Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

ELD5 December 2014: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative has published a practitioner's guide on the ‘Principles of economic valuation for sustainable land management based on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): The Economics of Land Degradation.'

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African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

Unep Logo8 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa.

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Alliance Aims to Expand Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD8 December 2014: As part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Vision 25 x 25, which aims to reach 25 million African farm households by 2025, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) initiative will ensure that six million smallholders in Africa are practicing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) within the next seven years.

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IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign [viewed]

IFAD8 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change.

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Peruvian Environment Ministry and ICRAF Sign MoU [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)7 December 2014: The Peruvian Environment Ministry, represented by Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), represented by Director-General Anthony Simons, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for inter-institutional cooperation. The MoU: builds on existing collaboration between the two institutions on themes such as land-use planning for low-carbon development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation; and is expected to spur an intensification of work in such areas as the detection and rehabilitation of degraded land.

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LAC Countries Launch Land Restoration Project [viewed]

limacop207 December 2014: Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and regional programmes, in partnership with regional and global organizations, have launched ‘Initiative 20x20,' a country-led effort to begin restoring 20 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. The initiative, which aims to restore forests and ecosystems, reduce poverty and improve agricultural productivity, was launched on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

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Global Landscapes Forum Launches Initiatives and Publications [viewed]

cifor-undp-fao-unep7 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened the 6-7 December 2014 at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched a number of major publications and initiatives while bringing together 1500 experts to discuss the role of landscapes approaches in addressing climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

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ICRAF Launches Climate-Smart Landscapes Publication at GLF [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 December 2014: A book titled ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice' was launched on the sidelines of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened in Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December 2014. The book, whose publication was led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), brings together research and case studies by 86 authors from 44 institutions on the tools, methods and pathways used to create sustainable multi-functional landscapes, particularly in the fight against climate change.

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