Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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UNCCD CST S-4 Side Event Discusses Use of Satellite Data [viewed]

satellite_data_csts410 March 2015: A side event organized by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF/STAP) during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) considered 'The use of satellite data to measure and monitor land degradation over time at multiple scales.'

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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IOSEA, WWF Publish Fact Sheet on Illegal Take and Trade in Marine Turtles [viewed]

logos_iosea_wwf4 March 2015: The Secretariat of the Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has published a fact sheet based on an IOSEA synthesis paper, titled 'Illegal Take and Trade in Marine Turtles in the Indian Ocean Region,' which was presented at the seventh meeting of IOSEA Signatory States in 2014. The fact sheet was developed by the IOSEA Secretariat and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Global Land Outlook Discussed on Sidelines of UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

CST S-4 & UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference10 March 2015: The 'Global Land Outlook' (GLO), to be produced every four years, will be a flagship publication seeking to provide “a strong, politically relevant, but analytical base for determining the future course of land degradation and sustainable land management across the globe,” said UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut at an event discussing the anticipated publication.

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Statistics of Germplasm Flows under the ITPGR Multilateral System Published Online [viewed]

ITPGR10 March 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has made available online the statistics of the Treaty's Multilateral System of access and benefit-sharing (ABS), in order to increase the understanding of germplasm flows, as part of the Global Information System on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

waves9 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CSOs Release Publications on Post-2015 Indicators, Priorities [viewed]

March 2015: Civil society organizations have published various inputs to and analyses of the post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Financing for Development (FfD) processes. Stakeholder groups and other experts elaborated their views on: SDG indicators; estimating the costs of the SDGs; human rights in the agenda; the responsibilities of developed countries; gender equality; land rights; and cross-sectoral partnerships for sustainable development.

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Event: Asian Soil Partnership Consultation Workshop (IYS 2015) [viewed]

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing regional implementation plans.  

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South America Strengthens Regional Soil Partnership [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)6 March 2015: A workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), members of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), international experts and representatives from ten South American countries, has strengthened the South American Soil Partnership's management structure.

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