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Mirova enters into negotiations with Althelia Ecosphere towards natural capital investment

Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers dedicated to responsible investing, has entered into negotiations with Althelia Ecosphere to become the European leader in natural capital investing The projected acquisition of Althelia Ecosphere (“Althelia”) by Mirova is intended to create a European platform dedicated to natural capital investing and give investors access to investment solutions addressing major global environmental challenges such as climate change, protection of landscapes, biodiversity, soil and marine resources. This would be a great addition to Mirova's existing project finance capabilities as well as the environmental, social, and supply chain experts already involved in the LDN Fund project. Since 2015 and as part of its commitment to increase financing for the Sustainable Development Goals, Mirova has been working alongside the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund project, a public-private vehicle that intends to invest in profit-generating sustainable land management and restoration projects worldwide. Read press release by Mirova/Natixis/Althelia Ecosphere

Mirova enters into negotiations with Althelia Ecosphere towards natural capital investment
Désertif'actions 2017 – International press cartoon contest results

65 cartoons from 42 cartoonist from 13 countries have been received on the occasion of the International press cartoon contest organized in parallel to Désertif'actions 2017 Summit. The jury composed of personalities from media, artistic and graphic jobs, cartoonists and organizers, selected 33 cartoons which will be exhibited at Strasbourg’s city hall from the 26th to the 30th of June 2017. The jury designated three winners and a special jury distinction : • First prize: « Land, water, colours ». Manfruelli BATTI, alias BATTI, France • Second prize ex-aequo : « Still life » Guy BADEAUX, Canada • Second prize ex-aequo : « A new Angelus » Robert ROUSSO, France • Special jury prize, « Young distinction » : « Ultimate borders » Noha BAFOIL, France  More information on www.desertif-actions.fr  Information on the jury composition ·         Phil Umbdenstock (cartoonist and president of the jury) ·         United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification : Marcos Montoiro ·         Representative of the city of Strasbourg : Julien Chiappone Lucchesi ·         CARI representative and initiator of Desertif’actions : Patrice Burger ·         Climate Chance representative : Bernard Soulage ·         Cartoonists networks : Pierre Ballouhey (Cartoonists French Federation) ·         Strasbourg arts and culture representatives : Thérèse Willer (Tomi Ungerer Museum) and Jean Charles Andrieu de Lewis (HEAR) ·         Written press : Dominique Jung (Dernières nouvelles d’Alsace)

Désertif'actions 2017 – International press cartoon contest results
Africa acts on distressed migration on youth

The global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification took place on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at the Centre des Conférences de Ouaga 2000, in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso. Over 400 international and local participants attended the ceremonies including Presidents, ministers and high-ranking officials, and Cardinal and Archbishop of Ouagadougou.  Press release English   French   Spanish

Africa acts on distressed migration on youth
Global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification in Burkina Faso

The global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification took place on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at the Centre des Conférences de Ouaga 2000, in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso. Over 400 international and local participants attended the ceremonies including Presidents, ministers and high-ranking officials, and Cardinal and Archbishop of Ouagadougou.  This was the first time high-ranking officials drawn from Africa’s foreign affairs, environment and interior ministries have met jointly to find solutions to Africa’s growing challenge of rural youth unemployment that is driving distress migration and radicalization of disillusioned young men. Read more Global Observance in Burkina Faso 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification   For media Press release (16 June 2017) English   French   Spanish Media advisory English  French Spanish Press release (9 February 2017) English  French  Spanish CALL FOR ACTION/ L'APPEL A l'ACTION DE OUAGADOUGOU English  French  Photos courtesy of NEPAD/Teko Nhlapo

Global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification in Burkina Faso
Land for Life Award 2017 winners announced

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s Land for Life Award is dedicated to recognizing individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their outstanding work on conserving and protecting land resources to achieve sustainable developmental goals. The winners of 2017 Land for Life Award were announced at World Day to Combat Desertification Global Observance event on 15 June in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  Approximately 400 participants attended the event hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change.   This year, with the theme “Land and Human Security”, Watershed Organization Trust (India) and UN Environment and Practical Action Sudan (South Sudan) were awarded the 2017 Land for Life Award. The winners have demonstrated tangible evidence of transforming lives of communities who suffered from the impacts of degraded land. At the same occasion, Ms. Yingzhen Pan, the Director General of National Bureau to Combat Desertification of State Forestry Administration was given the 2017 Land for Life China Award for the recognition of her achievement in combating desertification and restoring the Three North Regions Shelterbelts for over 30 years. Ms. Florencia Escudero Fonseca received a special mention for her inspiring leadership and dedicated support to communities to restore degraded land in Spain. The Award giving ceremony will take place during the 6th Kubuqi International Desert Forum in Ordos, China, which is scheduled from 28-30 July 2017. For mores stories and details about winners, see the announcement. 

Land for Life Award 2017 winners announced
Welcome back, Canada

Canada Deposits its Instrument of Ratification to Re-Join the UNCCD Statement of Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Yesterday, the Government of Canada communicated to the Secretary-General of the United Nations its accession to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). We welcome the action Canada has taken to rejoin the Convention, which will become a full party after 90 days, on 21 March 2017. The international community is facing new and growing challenges to its peace and security, wealth and sustainable development. No country is immune. No country can face these challenges alone. Many of these challenges stem in large part from the crises poor rural people are facing in meeting their daily needs of food, water, energy and income, and made worse by climate change. Canada’s contribution will take us further and faster in ensuring that the 2.8 billion people affected by land degradation today have the means and knowledge to avoid further degradation of their land and to recover what they have lost. Canada’s scientific expertise and practical experience in combatting desertification and drought can benefit rural households to improve their food and water security, and ensure every child has a fighting chance for a better life.  Further information About the Convention List of ratification Media release by the Government of Canada (external link)English  Français

Welcome back, Canada