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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative[viewed]

Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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Capacity Building Compendium for PAs Staff Launched at IUCN WPC[viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the launch of the publication, titled 'Protected Area Governance and Management.' The compendium provides information on capacity development training for protected area field officers, field managers and executive-level managers with a view to improving governance and management of protected areas (PAs).

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Event: Desertland II[viewed]

Desertland, the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, will bring together academics, civil society, governments, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss challenges related to desertification and land degradation and develop appropriate solutions.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015[viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

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Event: World Soil Day 2014[viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

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World Parks Congress EcoHack Edition Develops Ideas to Enhance PA Management[viewed]

Participants at the Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK), Ecohack worked to develop ideas on three hacks related to protected areas (PAs). The EcoHack took place as part of a three-continent EcoHack relay launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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WFAL Launches Call for Land Tenure Forum[viewed]

The International Organizing Committee of the World Forum on Access to Land and Natural Resources (WFAL) launched a call for a global forum on land tenure and investment agreements. The second WFAL meeting took place in November 2014, in Rome, Italy, encouraging a discussion on solutions to help improve poor farmers' access to land, water and natural resources.

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FAO Launches Working Paper on Land and Local Knowledge[viewed]

The Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched its 11th working paper. 'Territorial Development and Local Knowledge Systems' argues that agricultural development efforts should support the practical integration of different knowledge systems in various areas and sectors of agriculture to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects[viewed]

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney'[viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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