Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: International Training Course on Combating Desertification for Central Asia and the Balkans [viewed]

Organized annually by Turkey's General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, with support from the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, this year's training workshop will bring together policy makers and experts from Central Asia and the Balkans that are involved in the management of environmental problems related to desertification, land degradation, afforestation, erosion control and forestry. The training course will address diverse technical issues, including: the causes of desertification and land degradation; seed and seedling production; afforestation; erosion control; and participatory approaches. It will also aim to enhance collaboration and the exchange of experiences among the countries of the region. The training workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to strengthen implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the period of 2016 to 2019. The Initiative supports the global sustainable development agenda and seeks to leverage the lessons learned from Turkey's past experience and approaches to land management.  

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ELD, PROFOR and UNCCD Marshall Evidence in Support of Land Restoration [viewed]

eld_cgiar_unccd_proforJuly 2016: Partners of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative are fine-tuning a joint roadmap for the next phase of the Initiative, which aims to increase awareness raising and engage key stakeholders to scale up efforts to promote sustainable land management (SLM). Some recent studies bolstering the case for large-scale land restoration initiatives include: the ELD synthesis report, 'The Value of Land'; the forthcoming Global Land Outlook, to be published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2017; and an article by the Program on Forests (PROFOR), which draws some lessons from Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale land restoration project in São Paolo, Brazil.

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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IWC Scientific Committee Warns of Vaquita Extinction [viewed]

iwc8 July 2016: “The choice is simple and stark: either gillnetting in the Upper Gulf ends or the vaquita will be gone, the second entirely preventable cetacean extinction that the Committee will have witnessed in the last ten years,” according to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee (SC). The SC issued this warning in a report released following its 66th meeting, which discussed a range of items related to the conservation and management of cetaceans, including bycatch and entanglement, and a review of special permit whaling.

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UNEP Report Illustrates Plastics in the Oceans, Underscores Urgent Need for Action [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2016: The world needs “to act now to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century,” stresses a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, ‘Marine Litter Vital Graphics,' which summarizes current knowledge on plastic litter in the oceans and highlights areas where more research is needed, predicts 33 billion tonnes of plastic will accumulate around the planet by 2050 if current trends continue.

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Regional Organizations Agree on Fisheries Management Actions [viewed]

iotc.wecafc11 July 2016: Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and regional fisheries commissions have taken steps to promote fisheries management and conservation in their regions. Actions include a decision by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to implement a precautionary approach towards skipjack tuna and an agreement by the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) to launch a process to establish a RFMO.

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Event: ELD Southeast Asia - Interim Report Meeting [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, will bring together stakeholders and representatives from different Southeast Asian countries to present and discuss insights from partial data analysis undertaken for a regional study on ELD. Topics to be covered at the workshop include, inter alia: the global context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target and the contribution of research undertaken by the ELD Initiative; the land degradation situation in South East Asia; the links between sustainable land management (SLM) and LDN; the role of the private sector in promoting or impeding SLM; and how to promote LDN through national and local legislation.  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Event: African Economic Conference 2016 [viewed]

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

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10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5 [viewed]

10x20initiative20 June 2016: The Steering Committee of the 10x20 Initiative met to discuss concrete initiatives and next steps in support of the Initiative, which aims to promote the achievement of target 14.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls to, "By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information."

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