Stakeholder Participation

Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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Policy Update #9: E-Learning, Synergies and Implementation of the Biodiversity Conventions [viewed]

The world of biodiversity governance is complex, from numerous treaties and conventions to scientific and technical issues and the substantial jargon that both these legal and scientific communities generate. Assistance is now available through e-learning courses from InforMEA, a project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement Information and Knowledge Management (MEA IKM) initiative.

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Guest Article #46: How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy: Seven Needs and Insights on How to Fulfill Them [viewed]

In 2010, when the international community decided to add the “+” to REDD in the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16) Cancun Agreements, they expanded the focus of the REDD+ initiative to include not only reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, but also conservation and enhancement of forest stocks and sustainable forest management.

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FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts [viewed]

FAO16 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.'

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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Event: Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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Guest Article #45: Empowering Inspired Young Conservation Leaders; Answering a Call [viewed]

“It is well known that, among those who are preoccupied with the future of protected areas, there are a great many grey heads and far too few youthful ones. I am told that under-representation of the youth is a widespread phenomenon in many fields associated with protected area management. This is of course a matter for concern, because without the involvement of the youth, the future cannot be secured.” - Nelson Mandela, World Parks Congress 2003, Durban, South Africa.

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Interest in Turtle Conservation on the Rise in South-East Asia [viewed]

IOSEA19 January 2015: The Indian Ocean-South–East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Secretariat published a compilation of marine turtle-related news of the past 12 months, from around the Indian Ocean–South-East Asia region. The review includes news headlines, message board items, feature articles and longer monthly profiles published on the IOSEA website in 2014.

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IPBES-3 Adopts Stakeholder Engagement Strategy [viewed]

ipbes-stakeholderdays17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3), held from 12-17 January in Bonn, Germany, has adopted the revised draft stakeholder engagement strategy (SES) and implementation plan. With stakeholder engagement viewed as an important element for the relevance, effectiveness, credibility and overall success of IPBES, the strategy aims to encourage the participation of scientists and other knowledge holders in the Platform's work and facilitate the use of the IPBES products, such as its policy support tools.

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