Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Fourth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the Global Soil Partnership [viewed]

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning [viewed]

un_rimes25 April 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques.

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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate [viewed]

CGIAR14 April 2016: The third Science Forum of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR Consortium discussed pathways through which agricultural research can support the inclusive development of rural economies under conditions of climate change.

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration [viewed]

eld_fao_unep_ittoApril 2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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IPBES Secretariat Releases Report of Fourth Plenary Session [viewed]

ipbesApril 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the fourth session of its Plenary (IPBES-4).

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Event: First Great Green Wall Global Conference [viewed]

Since its inception in 2007, the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) has evolved into a pan-African sustainable landscape program to address land degradation and desertification, boost food, environmental and economic security, and support communities' adaptation to climate change. The First Conference on the GGWSSI will gather representatives from more than 20 Sahelian countries and partners to discuss the further scaling-up of implementation based on commitments made at the Paris Climate Change Conference with a view to: develop a “road map for transformational action on 
the ground,” including a Great Green Wall results framework; confirm political commitments in support of the initiative; strengthen the GGWSSI Community of 
Practice; and set new strategic directions for GGWSSI 
communication and knowledge management. The Conference will be organized around three days of technical sessions to exchange and share knowledge about programs and projects in support of the Great Green Wall, and a one-day high-level segment bringing together African Ministers and development partners. Practical interactive seminars will also take place on innovation, communication and knowledge services. Coordinated and sponsored by diverse partner organizations, the conference will draw on experiences from ongoing Great Green Wall projects, including: the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP); the AAD programme, which is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and funded by the partnership programme between the EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP-EU); and the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union Verte (FLEUVE), an EU-funded Great Green Wall project coordinated by the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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IWC Relays Actions on Whale Reviews and Research [viewed]

iwcApril 2016: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has carried out a number of reviews and activities in advance of its 66th Scientific Committee (SC 66) meeting, which will convene in June, in Bled, Slovenia. These activities include: implementation reviews of two whale species; research on whale and vessel collisions; promotion of whale and dolphin watching; and collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Ministerial Conference Adopts New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation [viewed]

asia_ministerial_tiger14 April 2016: The third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation concluded with 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) adopting the 'New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation.'

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