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Global Environment Facility – Carbon Sequestration – A Valuable Global Benefit of Sustainable Land Management
Side Event or Special Event : Side Event
Name of contact:

Guadalupe Duron​

Side Event Date: 18/09/2013 18:00
Organization contact: GEF/STAP
Hosting organization:

GEF/STAP​

Side Event Description:
Our session will demonstrate the significance of carbon sequestration in the context of sustainable land management, describing its relevance to Strategic Objective 3 of the UNCCD’s 10 Year Strategy, which aims to “generate global benefits through the effective implementation of the UNCCD”. Specifically, this session will consider how management of carbon in biomass and soils can contribute to the expected impacts of Strategic Objective 3: “sustainable land management and combating desertification, land degradation, and contributing to the conservation of sustainable use of biodiversity and mitigation of climate change”. The session will feature: 1) the current GEF Land Degradation Focal Area Strategy and how it has successfully catalyzed investments to promote system-wide change necessary to control the increasing severity and extent of land degradation; 2) the scientific evidence of soil organic carbon management in generating global benefits through sustainable land management, and the importance of maintaining soil carbon stocks for food security, biodiversity conservation and other ecosystem services; 3) soil organic carbon management as a new approach that addresses ecosystems and natural resources as multi-functional units providing co-benefits for the environment and for human development; and, 4)methodologies that could be used by Parties to measure and monitor carbon stock changes in their implementation of Strategic Objective 3. These aspects are of importance to the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) and the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) as they consider
“The Mid-term evaluation of the 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (2008–2018)”; “Advice on how best to measure progress on strategic objectives 1, 2 and 3 of The Strategy” – and more precisely the Advisory Group of Technical Experts’ recommendation: “The CST should consider identifying mandatory indicators relating to strategic objective 3, in order to provide a basis for assessing the implementation of the Convention with regard to this objective”. (ICCD/CRIC(11)/8-ICCD/CST(S-3)/6; (ICCD/COP (11)/21); ICCD/COP(11)/CST/2)
Coorganizations contact: GEF/STAP
Email address: guadalupe.duron@unep.org
Email address: m.stocking@uea.ac.uk


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