Stakeholder Participation

GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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FAO Announces Official Documents for Third GSP Plenary Assembly [viewed]

year-soil-global_soilJune 2015: The first 'Status of the World Soil Resources Report (SWSR)' and an accompanying 'Summary Report for Policy Makers' are among documents to be presented for endorsement by the third Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). The Assembly takes place from 22-24 June 2015, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

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UNCCD GM/IOM Project Explores Innovative Financing to Tackle Forced Migration in Sahelian Countries [viewed]

Global Mechanism27 May 2015: Three West African Sahelian countries have convened national consultations on how to harness innovative financing mechanisms, including diaspora investments, to urgently address the links between forced migration and desertification, land degradation and drought.

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GEF Project Extends Conservation Boundaries to Encompass “Protected Landscapes” in Namibia [viewed]

GEFMay 2015: The Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative (NAM-PLACE) has developed a network of “protected landscapes” spanning five sensitive ecosystems and a total area of 15,550km2, with the aim of making land use practices outside protected areas more compatible with biodiversity conservation objectives.

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African Soil Experts Consolidate Regional Soil Partnership (IYS 2015) [viewed]

international year of soils22 May 2015: The African Soil Partnership consultation workshop that took place in Elmina, Ghana, from 20-22 May 2015, established a steering committee and finalized an implementation plan to guide the network's activities for the coming five years. Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the workshop aimed to further consolidate the regional network in order to contribute to the objectives of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

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Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

africa-rising25 May 2015: The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.

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UN-Habitat Meeting Addresses Land-Based Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT25 May 2015: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has brought together experts in municipal finance, governance and capacity development to review its ‘Land-Based Finance Training Package,' which is designed to: build the capacity of local and national leaders to utilize land-based financing as an important element within municipal finance; help government agencies broaden their understanding regarding potential land-based revenue tools; and facilitate critical thinking regarding requirements to implement or improve each tool.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Participation in GBIF Programme on Biodiversity Information for Development [viewed]

GBIF22 May 2015: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a partner institution to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has issued two surveys to seek input from stakeholders in Africa on African biodiversity.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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