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soc_0[T]he Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) organized a workshop for the GEF on “Soil organic carbon for global benefits”. The meeting was held 10th – 12th September at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

The purpose of the meeting was to scope what the GEF could do to deliver global environment benefits by focusing on the role of soils. In particular, the workshop discussed the following questions:

  • How could the GEF support program development that would comprehensively focus on soils, ecosystem services, and water?
  • What... Read More

cbp2_0[F]rom 13 to 16 September, STAP led a review of the UNEP-GEF “Carbon Benefits Project” at Voi Wildlife Reserve in Kenya. STAP was asked by the GEF to lead a review of the carbon benefit tools (CBP) tools as the project nears its completion. The project developed a standardized system for the GEF to measure, model, and monitor carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from land management projects. In response to this request, the meeting objective focused, therefore, on the applicability and usefulness of the suite of tools developed by the CBP. The CBP team (composed of scientists from several... Read More

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[I]n May 2013, Michael Stocking (Senior Adviser to the STAP Chair) attended the International Conference on Sustainable Land Management Policies and Practices organized by the People’s Republic of China-Global Environment Facility Partnership (PRC-GEF). The conference was held 6-8 May 2013 in Beijing, China. The Conference sought to highlight ten years of progress on integrated approaches to land management in the six poorest and most degraded provinces of China based on the GEF program “PRC-GEF... Read More

[T]he meeting had the following specific objectives:

  • AGTE members are well informed about the progress made in refining the set of impact indicators to date;
  • AGTE members understand the four fundamental issues to be addressed as per decision of the COP;
  • Scope of work and elements to be further elaborated and analyzed under each of the four fundamental issues are identified and agreed upon within the AGTE;
  • Working modalities, allocation of tasks among the AGTE members, schedule and milestone planning are agreed upon by the AGTE members.

For full details that include documentation and presentations, please vist UNCCD's page.

Bonn | 23-24 July 2012... Read More

MarineProtectedAreas[T]his document, Scientific Guidelines for Designing Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate, was developed from a larger report by the Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN), a joint study group of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) through its North American Marine Protected Area Network (NAMPAN) Technical Group and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

These guidelines were produced to promote best practices, consistency of approach... Read More