Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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International Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Manage and Conserve Global Groundwater [viewed]

groundwater_governance13 April 2015: A consortium of international organizations launched a framework for action to better manage and conserve global groundwater resources, calling for collective action at local, national and, where appropriate, trans-boundary levels to protect aquifers from depletion, pollution and saltwater intrusion.

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UN-Water Report Highlights Achievements of Decade for Action [viewed]

water_for_lifeMarch 2015: Significant achievements during the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 include achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water, and declaration of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), according to a report by UN-Water.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Synthetic Biology [viewed]

cdb_8220 April 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report that discusses the potential positive and negative impacts of synthetic biology on biodiversity, and assesses the adequacy of the Convention and other risk assessment and regulatory regimes to address these impacts.

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ISU Report: Deforestation Increasing [viewed]

tropical_forests-isuApril 2015: The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) compiled a synthesis of the state of knowledge on tropical forests and the policies governing their management. Overall, the report, titled 'Tropical Forests – A Review,' notes that the global rate of deforestation continues to increase at an average annual rate of 200,000 hectares.

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Bioversity Shares Draft on Mutually Supportive Implementation of ITPGR and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2015: Bioversity International has shared a discussion draft exploring the mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). The draft was developed through a series of interactions involving the national focal points for the ITPGR and the Nagoya Protocol, experts and stakeholders.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Supports Peruvian Potato Farmers [viewed]

ITPGR8 April 2015: A project supported by the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has helped more than 440 Peruvian potato farmers conserve and manage their native potato varieties through the establishment of seed orchards in 23 communities as well as through other activities.

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