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UNCCD Offers Online Course Ahead of 3rd Scientific Conference, CST S-4[viewed]

The web-based Capacity Building Market Place of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is facilitating a short online course for UNCCD Science and Technology Correspondents (STCs) ahead of the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) and the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will open in Cancun, Mexico on 9 March 2015.

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Event: European 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).

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Event: Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Western and Central African Countries[viewed]

This event is 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.

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IGAD, LPI and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Projects in Africa[viewed]

Two regional projects on integrated approaches to improved land governance in Africa supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners, kicked off in February 2015.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth[viewed]

Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled ‘Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.

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Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives.

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Event: IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change[viewed]

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'.

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Event: 70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference[viewed]

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability.

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Event: Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions[viewed]

This invitation-only event will bring together representatives from the public sector, international initiatives, knowledge centers, multilateral bodies, leading companies, financial institutions and academia to discuss steps that can be taken to create an enabling environment for the adoption of natural capital accounting (NCA) by governments, businesses and the financial sector.

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