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Russia joins the Northeast Asia DLDD Network

The Russian Federation has joined the Northeast Asia Network for DLDD (DLDD-NEAN) as of 13 July 2020. DLDD-NEAN, an official reporting entity, is a sub-regional cooperation platform for the implementation of the UNCCD in Northeast Asia. The network was launched at the UNCCD COP10 in Changwon, with Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea as founding members. All members of DLDD-NEAN welcome Russia as the new member of the network. Russia’s participation in the network will contribute to reinforcing regional cooperation including combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), sand and dust storms (SDS), achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) in the region and boosting joint activities within the network. This affiliation will also facilitate further interregional cooperation and partnerships, strengething ties between regional annexes and the Convention. Since its inception, the network has served as a platform for promoting regional cooperation, focusing especially on knowledge and information sharing, technical cooperation, and a joint forestry project. The network holds an annual Steering Committee meeting and forum as main operational process.  The network is seeking membership expansion to further strengthen regional cooperation to address DLDD and SDS issues in the region and share best practices with the international community.

Russia joins the Northeast Asia DLDD Network
International Youth Day 2020

Today is International Youth Day! It is the opportunity to salute the incredible work done on the ground by young people all around the world who take concrete actions to improve livelihoods in their communities, achieve peace and food security, and build a brighter future through sustainable land management and landscape restoration.  To give you an idea of what youth empowerment and commitment can achieve in all parts of the world , we present the following virtual events: Panel discussion “Sustainable food production and consumption” Moderated by the Youth Caucus, featuring four young women presenting the situation in their respective countries, discussing plant-based diet, food waste, the importance of education to reduce child obesity, and more.   At 16:00 CET on our Facebook page Land Heroes Recognition session – Ciencia Mágica from Mexico UNCCD and CONAFOR will hand out a certificate to Alondra Jazmín Fraustro Cardiel, co-founder of Ciencia Mágica for her impactful work with students and families in reconnecting communities with nature and reflect on sustainable agriculture, as well as reducing food waste by making home-made products out of fruits peels. At 5:00 CET on Ciencia Mágica Facebook page .What can YOU do? – Land Heroes give you tips! Land Heroes make a difference every day, through their actions. Some of them grow trees, others implement green energy systems, and some even see art material where others see trash! ** Coming up soon: the Land Heroes Series! **  A series of webinars featuring Land Heroes sharing their vision and experiences to a live audience. Comments and questions are welcome… stay tuned to be inspired and become part of the solution! “Nuclear Disarmament is the only route to World Peace” Land Hero Kehkashan Basu is celebrating the founding of her organization Green Hope today, with an International Sustainability Debate on the motion “Nuclear Disarmament is the only route to World Peace. At 17:00 CET on Green Hope Facebook page {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/N7OHcsxFLyQ.jpg?itok=qCZ-cXzz","video_url":"https://youtu.be/N7OHcsxFLyQ","displayed_as_thumbnail":0,"image_style":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying).",[]]}

International Youth Day 2020
UNCCD podcast series: new episode

The third episode features Mr. Bongani Simon Masuku, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kingdom of eSwatini, UNCCD National Focal Point and the UNCCD SPI member/observer, discussing  land tenure, drought and job opportunities in Africa

UNCCD podcast series: new episode
Unlocking the Investment Potential of Forest & Landscape Restoration

“Eighty percent of the potential land suitable for forest and landscape restoration (FLR) can be found in drylands”, said Eduardo Rojas, Assistant Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), during the closing session of a two-days expert consultation on Private investments in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), co-organized by FAO and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD on 30 June and 1 July 2015 in Rome, Italy. Rojas also underlined that FLR contributes to the provision of livelihood opportunities for communities in rural areas and the reduction of forced migration. The workshop brought together some 30 international experts from multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organizations, research institutes and the private sector to identify ways for increasing private sector investments in FLR. Currently, it is estimated that 12 million hectares of land are degraded every year, resulting in a total stock of more than two billion hectares of degraded land that offer opportunities for restoration, and three quarters of this area being suitable for mosaic restoration.  Initiatives around the world aim at up-scaling FLR in order to contribute to global ecosystem restoration goals and promote land degradation neutrality. Impact investors like the Moringa Fund invest in agroforestry systems such as coffee plantations in order to promote sound and viable management strategies at landscape level. Private companies such as EcoPlanet Bamboo promote largescale bamboo restoration for the production of fibre. At the same time, regional initiatives such as TerrAfrica in Africa and “Initiative 20 by 20” in Latin America, as well as national initiatives such as Payment for Environmental Services for sustainable cork oak production in Portugal, supported by WWF and Coca Cola, offer a variety of mechanisms to upscale investments in FLR. The workshop identified concrete opportunities to upscale FLR, for example through aggregating financial resources at landscape level, bringing together different stakeholders and sectors involved, thus preventing inter-sectoral or resource-use conflicts. However, participants also highlighted that certain key conditions must be in place in order to tap into increased finance for FLR, including an adequate enabling investment environment, the existence of local champions with the necessary skills, and the availability of bankable investment proposals that focus on promising value chains within landscapes. Missing information on possible returns on investments (e.g. ex-ante cost benefit analysis) as well as investment risk assessment and mitigation mechanisms, unclear tenure situation, and lack of coherence among possible investors and landowners/users have been highlighted among the key barriers that need to be overcome for increased investments in FLR. In order to identify key action required to upscale FLR, FAO and the GM of the UNCCD – through its Rome Liaison Office - established a partnership to deliver a Discussion Paper on “Sustainable Finance for FLR”. The paper will review best available information, discuss issues and success stories related to FLR funding, and assess opportunities to increase access to financing in support to FLR implementation at scale. The workshop report and the Discussion Paper will be made available soon on the FAO and GM websites. All the material from the workshop, including background papers and presentations, is also available via at the links below.   Related links: Workshop materials and presentations The FAO FLR Mechanism The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration The Bonn Challenge

Unlocking the Investment Potential of Forest & Landscape Restoration