Capacity Building & Education

ILC Mid-Term Review Assesses Progress in Achieving Strategic Framework's Objectives [viewed]

ILCApril 2014: An Independent Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the ‘2011-2015 Strategic Framework of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Management Response' has been carried out.

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UNCCD Announces Members of Science-Policy Interface, South Sudan Becomes 195th Party [viewed]

UNCCD logo22 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the selection of the members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI). The SPI was called for at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), to facilitate a science-policy dialogue and to ensure that the COP receives policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) issues.

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FLEUVE Pursues SLM Finance in Five African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)21 May 2014: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE) has held its First Consultative Stakeholder meeting, where project partners assessed the initiative's progress and discussed opportunities for planning and financing sustainable land development (SLM) in five African countries.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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GWP Annual Report Highlights Water Security and Post-2015 Work [viewed]

GWP Global logotype20 May 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released its 2013 Annual Report, titled ‘GWP In Action.' The report emphasizes the partnership's contributions to the UN consultations on water security, in particular assessment of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and participation in the process to define the post-2015 development agenda.

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African Summit Calls for Water Integrity to Ensure Water Security [viewed]

africa-water-integrity-summitMay 2014: Participants from Eastern, Southern and Western Africa called for increased attention to integrity issues in the water sector at the First African Water Integrity Summit. The Summit agreed on a Lusaka Statement that was submitted to the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) for its consideration.

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ILC Calls for Submissions for 2015 Award [viewed]

ILCMay 2014: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has announced a call for submissions for the 2015 ILC Award for outstanding work towards people-centered land governance and secure land rights for men and women living in poverty. All ILC members are welcome to forward submissions to the ILC Secretariat based on their most emblematic success story or stories over the last decade.

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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Event: Online Discussion Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this forum offers Protocol Parties, other governments and relevant organizations the opportunity to share views, experiences, and relevant information on implementing the Protocol. The forum will focus on the integration of Protocol implementation into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes as well as resource mobilization for advancing implementation in line with the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020.  

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Event: E-Consultation on Combating Soil Salinization in Eurasia [viewed]

This e-consultation will discuss how to promote sustainable soil management in the Eurasian region, including the Russian Federation, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The e-consultation also aims to identify research gaps and strategies to increase awareness on soil salinization and to attract investments for soil improvement and reclamation. The consultation will address questions on five topics, including: approaches and methods for improving soil management to reduce soil salinization; ways to increase public awareness and knowledge on soil management and soil salinization, including the awareness of agricultural extension workers; gaps in scientific knowledge related to the management of saline lands; mechanisms for monitoring soil salinity, including the potential need for a database on soil salinity; and harmonization of methods for quantifying soil salinity. The discussion is expected to inform the Eurasian Center for Food Security's (ECFS) current and future progammes and the Eurasian Soil Partnership's activities.  

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