Capacity Building & Education

Dates for UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Announced, Call for Papers Launched [viewed]

UNCCD logoJune 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the dates for the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference: 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico. The Conference will address the theme "combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.” It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4).

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Event: Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) [viewed]

The Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will bring together the global scientific community to plan for the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology. IORC will also focus on improving ocean governance. The event includes 16 thematic sessions that will focus on: building scientific knowledge; applying knowledge for societal benefit: achieving ecosystem management and sustainability; and improving governance and building capacity. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization\'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (UNESCO-IOC) and The Oceanographic Society are organizing the conference.  

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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ILC Reviews Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure, Framework on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

FAO12 June 2014: In an effort to help practitioners understand and apply two internationally endorsed frameworks, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), the International Land Coalition (ILC) has created a guide that explores the complementarities and differences among the frameworks.

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MEA Knowledge Management Initiative Discusses Information Portal on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA9 June 2014: Four UN entities, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other key partners met for the fifth annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM). The initiative, a knowledge management project within the UN system, seeks to develop harmonized information systems to facilitate the successful implementation of 18 MEAs.

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EU Launches Large Carnivore Coexistence Initiative [viewed]

European Union 10 June 2014: The European Commission has launched the 'EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores,' an initiative meant to bring together farmers, conservationists, hunters, landowners and scientists to exchange best practices and to promote dialogue on coexisting with Europe's five species of large carnivores.

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GEF CReW to Provide Training in Water and Wastewater Management for Four Central American Countries [viewed]

gef-crew03 June 2014: The Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) Project will provide training in water and wastewater management for 125 persons from four countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR).

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FAO, Food Tank Launch Discussion on Future of Family Farming [viewed]

iyffJune 2014: As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Food Tank are organizing an e-discussion, titled ‘The Future of Family Farming: Empowerment and Equal Rights for Women and Youth,' which is open for participation from 9-30 June 2014. IYFF discussions and events throughout the Year aim to raise global attention on the role of family farming in eradicating poverty and hunger, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, protecting the environment, managing natural resources and achieving sustainable development.

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CBD Releases Guidance on Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Standards [viewed]

unep-wcmc-cbdJune 2014: The latest edition of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Technical Series provides guidance to standard setting bodies for strengthening biodiversity safeguards in voluntary standard and certification schemes.

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