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The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd international scientific conference will be held in Mexico from 9 to 12 March 2015 and address the following issues: How to better...
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Highlights

  • Calls for action on Land Degradation Neutrality: 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference
    18 September 2014

    At the 7th Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), held from 8-12 September in Costa Rica, the ESP and the Global Mechanism (GM) strengthened their partnership in advancing land degradation neutrality (LDN), as set out by world leaders at Rio+20.

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  • GM Liaison Office at FAO officially inaugurated
    19 June 2014

    The Global Mechanism’s new Liaison Office on Land, Security and Resilience (LLSR) was officially inaugurated on 17 June, during a special event organized to mark this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The Office is housed at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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  • World Day to Combat Desertification
    16 June 2014

     Every year on 17 June, the global community celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The theme of this year's WDCD is “Land Belongs to the Future - Let’s Climate Proof It” and focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation.    

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  • Regional training paves way for simplified UNCCD reporting process
    10 June 2014

    A new support system, designed to make the UNCCD reporting process more straightforward and easier to complete, was put to the test during a series of regional training workshops held worldwide for National Focal Points and Reporting Officers during May 2014.

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  • Global Mechanism relocated to Bonn, Germany
    14 April 2014

    The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD was relocated to Bonn, Germany on April 1 2014, in a move that opens a new chapter for the GM and sets the stage for closer cooperation between the Convention’s principal bodies.

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News

Dryland forests play a major role in improving environmental sustainability and resilience. This was the unqualified conclusion of Mr Eduardo Mansur, Director of FAO’s Forest Management Division, during the 22nd session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) on 26 June 2014. Not only are dryland areas vital ecological, social and economic assets, Mansour continued, but 50% of global livestock are found in these often undervalued areas. Yet despite the vital importance of drylands for the livelihoods of some 2 billion people, 75% of those living in these ecosystems are still considered poor. Part of the problem is that dryland forests and agroforestry systems are not well understood and researched and receive inadequate recognition and attention. Moreover, they have not attracted the technical and financial investment required for their assessment, conservation, sustainable management and restoration.In order to further promote the sustainable management...
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