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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6[viewed]

The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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Pepsi and Coke Announce Support for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure[viewed]

In a land policy that states its commitment to “doing business the right way,” PepsiCo has announced its support for the 'Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure' and its recognition of its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people. The Guidelines, which were initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), promote equitable access and secure ownership rights to fisheries, forests and land, with the aim of eradicating poverty and hunger, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

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Nordic Council Examines Role of Land-Use in Future Climate Agreement[viewed]

The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a report proposing ways to ensure an effective treatment of the land-use sector under a future climate change agreement.

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CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report analyzing the implementation of REDD+ in six countries. 'The challenges of establishing REDD+ on the ground' covers 23 sub-national programmes, concluding that the greatest challenges facing REDD+ implementation are inadequate economic incentives coupled with insecure land tenure and use rights.

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IFPRI Documents Differential Effects of Land Certification in Ethiopia[viewed]

As part of the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a working paper, 'Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Certification Program in Ethiopia.' The paper analyzes the productivity impacts from a large-scale Ethiopian land certification program in Tigray by comparing the benefits of investments due to more secure tenure, against the benefits of technical efficiency or improvements in resource use.

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UNCCD Update April 2014[viewed]

During the first quarter of 2014, the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has focused on linkages between the issues of security and land degradation, undertaken a number of activities related to the newly created Science-Policy Interface, revised its national reporting process, and considered how to engage the private sector, among other activities.

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FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions[viewed]

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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IFPRI Paper Outlines Agricultural Strategies for Coping with Climate Change[viewed]

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released a discussion paper that identifies climate adaptation strategies for agricultural systems, with the aim of achieving food security and reducing poverty. The paper discusses how to transform crop, fisheries, forests and livestock systems under a changing climate and identifies ways the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and CGIAR can support such changes.

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ICRAF Supports Extension on Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture[viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released an agroforestry guide for extension staff and farmers. The guide, ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees: Principles and Practices', outlines soil conservation, crop rotation, and weed management as important elements of conservation agriculture.

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Event: Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.

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