Latin America and the Caribbean

Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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FAO, ITTO Publications Highlight Forest Restoration Needs and Experiences [viewed]

fao_itto9 December 2015: Two publications presented at the Global Landscapes Forum, the latest issue of Unasylva, the forestry journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and an assessment of the Guidelines of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the Restoration, Management and Rehabilitation of Degraded Secondary Tropical Forests aim to shed light on the factors contributing to successful forest and landscape restoration and management.

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IFPRI Publishes Book on Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2015: A US$1 investment in the restoration of degraded land returns US$5, a study published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlights. The book, titled ‘Economics of land degradation and improvement: A global assessment for sustainable development,' notes that the annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about US$300 billion, with Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounting for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Honors 21 Indigenous and Local Community Groups [viewed]

equatorinitiative8 December 2015: The Equator Initiative Prize Ceremony, described as the ‘Academy Awards for Sustainable Development,' honored 21 indigenous and local community groups from 19 countries for their “outstanding achievements in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” The ceremony, which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, recognized winners for their contributions and innovations in preventing deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife species, securing land rights and creating jobs for their communities, among other actions.

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IFAD Report Discusses Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

IFAD7 December 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a report outlining approaches to support the participation of smallholder farmers in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation policies. Based on case studies illustrating IFAD's approach to policy engagement, the report concludes that interventions such as producing and communicating evidence, strengthening decision-making institutions, fostering dialogue among stakeholders, and supporting engagement at all levels of decision making, are essential to ensure the realization smallholder farmers' adaptation priorities.

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UNDP and Partners Make the Case for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

making_the_caseDecember 2015: Launched on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, a publication by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners showcases lessons learned from Nepal, Peru and Uganda in integrating ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) into broader adaptation strategies, and in making the required policy and finance shifts.

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CGIAR Announces Initiative to Increase Soil Carbon Sequestration [viewed]

CGIAR7 December 2015: The CGIAR Consortium announced a five-year initiative that will work with farmers in developing countries to increase carbon sequestration in soil, with the aim of promoting agricultural yields as well as mitigating climate change.

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Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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LPAA Forest Event Features Commitments to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

lpaa1 December 2015: A special event on forests, held as part of the Paris Climate Change Conference and under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), showcased partnerships, commitments and implementation strategies to protect and restore forests, and endorsed them as a key climate solution. The LPAA is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, the Office of the UN Secretary-General and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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