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STAP Meeting March 2013

stapmeeting2013[T]he meeting focused heavily on presenting an overview of the draft GEF 6 Focal Area Strategies as well as potential innovative technologies and approaches that might be incorporated into GEF programs and projects. Apart from presentations from the GEF Secretariat and other members of the GEF fraternity, the STAP meeting also welcomed noted experts from academia and other global think-tanks.

Agenda

STAP Panel

Annette Cowie, Director, Rural Climate Solutions, University of New England and NSW Department of Primary Industries, STAP Land Degradation Panel Member | Presentation: Enhancing the GEF's Contribution to Sustainable Development

GEF Secretariat

Bob Dixon, Climate Change & Chemicals | Presentation: Towards GEF-6, Climate & Chemicals Strategy

Claus Astrup, Front Office | Presentation: GEF 2020 Strategy

Gustavo Fonseca, Natural Resources Management | Presentation: The Dawn of the Anthropocene

Evaluation Office

Aaron Zazueta, Chief Evaluation Officer and Team Leader | Presentation: Fifth Overall Performance Study (OPS5)Evaluation of STAP for OPS5

Specially Invited Experts

Joseph Alcamo, UNEP | Presentation: The Post Rio+20 Agenda, Three Actions Bringing Global Benefits

Paul Anastas, Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Member of Yale faculty since 2007 | Presentation: Sustainability and Transformative Innovation: Catalytic. Nexus.

Pavan Sukhdev, Yale University (visiting fellow), Former Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and author of Corporation 2020 | Presentation: How Can GEF Engineer Change?


Washington DC | 20-22 March, 2013

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STAP at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference

cbp2_0 Soil Organic Carbon Project Team

[T]he STAP participated at the UNCCD’s Second Scientific Conference held 9-12 April 2013 in Bonn, Germany. The conference theme was Economic Assessment of Desertification, Sustainable Land Management and Resilience of Arid, Semi-arid and Dry Sub-humid Areas. The STAP contributed to the Conference by designing and leading a 90 minute session titled “GEF Special Session on Carbon – a Valuable Global Benefit of Sustainable Land Management.” The session objectives were to ...

  • Demonstrate the importance of the current work of the Land Degradation Focal Area of the Global Environment Facility, with special reference to Sustainable Land Management (SLM).
  • Identify the multiple potential benefits derived from above- and below-ground sequestration of carbon.
  • Show how GEF investments and strategic planning support the UNCCD.
  • Consult the scientific community on issues related to SLM that might be included in future GEF strategic plans.

The session abstract can be downloaded here

During the session, the STAP also launched its report “Soil organic carbon management for global benefits: a discussion paper”. The paper provides an overview of soil organic carbon and its relevance to soil organic carbon management within the context of generating global environmental benefits and contributing towards food security and livelihoods. The report can be downloaded here.

The paper was presented at the session by Gerard Govers. The session presentations and their titles are listed below.

  1. Mohamed Bakarr, GEF Secretariat | Sustainable Land Management in the Global Environment Facility – Enhancing Ecosystem Services in Production Landscapes
  2. Gerard Govers, University of Leuven, Belgium | Soil organic carbon management for global benefits – A review for STAP
  3. Eleanor Milne, Colorado State University, U.S.A. | A New Tracking Tool for Carbon Benefits
  4. Annette Cowie, University of New England, Armidale, Australia | Value of Soil Organic Carbon: the case for biochar

For further information about this event, please contact Guadalupe Durón at the STAP Secretariat or visit the UNCCD website

Prepared By: Guadalupe Durón

Bonn | 9-12 April 2013

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