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UN Leadership Achieves Gender Parity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:12
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that gender parity has been reached in the leadership of the UN Secretariat, with a 50/50 representation of men and women in the UN Senior Management Group. Guterres announced five steps to addressing sexual harassment and a three-pillar approach to greater equality and inclusion for women.

ISO Journal Highlights Need to Meet SDG 6

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:10
The International Standards Organization (ISO) has released a special issue of its journal, 'ISOfocus,' on water and sanitation. The January-February 2018 issue discusses performance standards and possibilities for water reuse and recycling, sustainable sanitation, non-sewered sanitation systems and waste-to-energy projects.

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: Making Maritime Infrastructure Climate-resilient

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:08
In January 2018 adaptation finance project news, support from multilateral and national partners will enable Nauru to upgrade its main port while making it climate-resilient. Agricultural resilience projects in India and The Gambia are moving into implementation and will draw from nature-based techniques. January project lessons highlight the importance of community awareness and empowerment, as well as understanding communities' needs and priorities.

Middle Income Countries Voice Needs in UN Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:06
A roundtable discussion on ‘The Way Forward of the UN Development System on MICs' was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Belarus and Costa Rica. The Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs highlighted that UN’s effective support to MICs depends on their governments’ agreement on a system-wide strategy for MICs, and that DESA will appoint a focal point to facilitate work on the issue.

CSocD Addresses Inequality of Vulnerable Populations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:51
The Commission for Social Development underscored the need to protect people from poverty, natural disasters and conflict and to focus on helping vulnerable groups to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The Commission forwarded four draft resolutions to ECOSOC, including a draft resolution on the Commission’s future organization and methods of work that agrees CSocD will consider a single priority theme each year. The 2019 priority theme will be ‘Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies’.

Study Explores Climate Policy Triggers on Investors and Owners of Fossil Fuel Assets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:47
Instead of accelerating the burn of fossil fuel reserves, implementation of the Paris Agreement and related climate policies will lead to divestment from coal and other fossil fuels, says a study published in the journal 'Nature Climate Change'. The study found that divestment prevailed in almost all cases with an overall reduction in emissions, which will only increase if CO2 pricing is at a low level and does not begin before 2050.

Civil Society Brings Input on Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:45
A UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service summary of a public consultation includes inputs from 80 civil society representatives from 42 countries. Inputs address eight areas: ensuring system-wide accountability to results; participation and partnerships; financing and funding; interlinkages with the human rights agenda; capacity building; data; communications; and policy coherence.

ASEAN Summit Considers Climate-friendly Cooling for Asia

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:02
The ASEAN Cooling Summit brought together leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to consider how to sustainably meet growing demand for air-conditioning in South-east Asia. Summit discussions were based on a study that reported on consumer awareness of air-conditioning, implications for sustainable development, and cooling technologies available to mitigate climate impacts.

Tokyo Forum Yields Universal Health Coverage Commitments

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:55
Participants at the Global Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017 committed to monitoring progress towards UHC as part of the SDG review process. Japan announced a US$50 million contribution to the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child. The World Bank and WHO launched a global monitoring report on UHC.

Guest Article: Girls’ Rights Are Human Rights: Positioning Girls at the Heart of the International Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:18
The SDGs go further than their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which mentioned girls only in the context of education. But to ensure that girls' needs do not slip through the cracks, Plan International urges the international community to: Address girls’ double burden of gender- and age-based discrimination and commit to the realisation of girls’ rights; Take measures to bridge the gap between women’s and children’s rights; Ensure that norms and frameworks for producing future international policy and agreements better reflect the challenges that girls face; and Urge States to comply with international standards that advance girls’ rights.

CHARM2 SU barangays commit 288 has for agro project, finalize CSDC docs

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:56

A total of 288 hectares is committed by the 18 scale up barangays for the implementation of its agroforestry initiative under the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management (CHARM2) Scaling Up Project. These areas are either located within a micro-watershed and/or ancestral land shall be planted with various fruit-bearing species such as Arabica coffee, citrus, rambutan, and lansones as identified by the project beneficiaries.
To formalize agreements made for the agroforestry implementation in the covered-rural indigenous communities, a comprehensive site development covenant (CSDC) will be signed between and among the concerned key players of the Project, local government units, and agroforestry peoples’ organization (PO). The CSDC, also known as environmental green covenant, will secure the agroforestry PO’s commitment and collective responsibility “to promote a harmonious working relationship for the restoration of the communal watershed/ancestral land” through agroforestry in their respective areas. 
A three-day planning and assessment workshop then from Feb. 7-9, 2018 is being conducted by the Project through the Agroforestry Watershed Management (AFWM) component to review and finalize documents attached for the CSDC. These documents include geo-tagged documentation per agro-plots, final list of agro-farmers field school students with their corresponding committed areas, duly signed work and financial plans, PO requirements, and resolutions from the PO beneficiary adopting the approved financial policies and stating non-inclusion of declared agroforestry plots in any government-funded greening projects. The workshop also served as venue for the participants to review and finalize their on-hand data for consistency and proper documentation purposes. The finalized data will serve as the Project’s baseline data for monitoring and evaluation.
Project Manager Cameron Odsey, in his message, urged the participants to stay committed and anchored in what the project actually aims to achieve for its beneficiaries in the scale up barangays.
Moreover, issues and concerns in agroforestry implementation as well as review of agreements on post-harvest outputs and provincial nursery equipping status will be tackled during the action planning on Feb. 9. to ensure the on-track and smooth implementation of the agroforestry projects with their desired goal of promoting watershed rehabilitation and improvement of the communities’ socio-economic wellbeing through the promotion of agroforestry.
According to AFWM component Coordinator J.R. Balag-ey Claver, the CSDC is a pre - requisite in the obligation of fund assistance for the actual implementation of agroforestry by the PO beneficiaries based on their approved work and financial plans. Actual implementation of the said project will commence by March – April 2018.//CHARMP IKMU - JBAgrifino

Pappa, Sablan Agro-FFS students trained on Nursery Establishment; PO officers coached on basic bookkeeping

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:47

Farmer students of the agroforestry farmer field school (Agro-FFS) in Barangay Pappa, Sablan, Benguet completed their hands-on training on nursery establishment while some officers of peoples’ organizations (POs) get their first coaching on basic bookkeeping on February 6.

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Jerome Calado, Agro-FFS facilitator and Agricultural Technician in Sablan, introduced some practical lessons on preparing soil medium and potting seedlings for fruit tree nursery as part of the final lesson of the farmer trainees. In his discussion, he emphasized the use of locally available and appropriate materials best suited for their seedling and the climate. He demonstrated how to properly prepare the soil medium using soil, rice hull, and compost where students actively took part on the hands-on training.

 

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Mr. Calado also taught the students on the proper potting of seedlings to ensure higher chances of plant survival.

Apart from their main lessons, the students also took the opportunity to ask other farm-related questions. Farmer students enjoy this learning set-up since they learn by doing and seeing the results in their everyday farm activities.

The Pappa Indigenous Agroforestry Farmers Association (PIAFA) is composed of 20 males and 10 females.  Their Agro-FFS is a season-long training under the CHARM2 Scaling Up Project that serves as a preparatory learning program for the agroforestry POs before they actually implement their agroforestry project in the community. The PIAFA group started to have their Agro-FFS since July of 2017.

Mr. Alex Porque, PIAFA Chairman said they are learning a lot from the Agro-FFS like technologies on pruning, grafting and others which they don’t usually do in their farms before. He shared that he started farming since childhood and they are only taught to farm the traditional way. With the new technologies and techniques taught to them through the Agro-FFS, they are able to level up their farming skills which they can use not only for the agroforestry project but even in their own farms. Some of their wrong farm practices were corrected during the training, Porque said.

After the training, Mr. Marcelo Bestre, one of the members of PIAFA and at the same time the barangay secretary plans to develop his vacant lot into a productive rambutan farm which is an investment for the future of his children. Mr. Marcelo said he is 60 years old and a farmer since he was 16.

Ms. Rita Calado, the oldest student in the group at 71, walks an hour from her house at Sitio Taya just to attend the Agro-FFS session which is scheduled usually during Tuesdays or on days where they are available. She said that although she is old, she still wants to learn and apply those knowledge best suited on her farm.

Under the Agro-FFS, students can also request special topics to aid them in their daily farm activities. Mr. Calado started to solicit requested topics of the students since they are already almost done with their main topics for Agro-FFS. They will be discussing the special topics while waiting for their agroforestry project to start.

 

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PO officers coached on basic bookkeeping

Simultaneous with the Agro-FFS session, treasurers, bookkeepers and chairpersons of all CHARMP2 Scale Up POs had their first coaching on basic bookkeeping.

Ms. Cynthia Backian, Project Planning Development Officer (PPDO) facilitated the activity. She said that the coaching aims to equip the concerned officers on the proper recording and management of their financial transactions.

She said that the coaching will be conducted from time to time to ensure that financial records of the POs are on track and well accomplished. //CBOrcales

 

Event: UNECE Resource Management Week 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:00
The UNECE Resource Management Week 2018 will take place from 23-27 April 2018. The ninth session of the Expert Group on Resource Classification will take place during this week, from 25-27 April.

Event: Drafting Group for a Practical Guide for Joint Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:36
The drafting group for a practical guide for joint implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take place from 12-13 March 2018.

Event: Workshop on the Mid-Term Review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:25
The Rovaniemi Action Plan proposes an overall vision, strategies and areas of activity to enhance the transition of the forest sector in the ECE region towards a green economy. It outlines concrete actions to support regional and national strategies that enhance the contribution of the forest sector to a green economy. ECE member States adopted the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy in December 2013. The ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is currently undertaking the mid-term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan. In this context, this workshop will focus on:
  • Existing trends in implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan in the ECE region
  • Lessons learned from the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan and possible challenges
  • Active input from the meeting participants to the mid-term review and
  • The way forward to reach the goal of the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan by 2020.

Event: Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:43
This conference will provide a space where leading experts in the field of remote sensing and geo-information can network and further their work. The Technical Program is open to all topics in remote sensing and geo-information of environment and related techniques and applications.

Event: 40th Session of the Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:39
The 40th Session of the Joint UN Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (UNECE/FAO) Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will consider: the next 2020 round of Forest Resources Assessment reporting; the results of Forest Ownership reporting; a revised structure of the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire; the next Forest Sector Outlook Study; the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2015; the mid-term review of the voluntary implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan; capacity building on criteria and indicators in the Caucasus and Central Asia; the Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge for the Caucasus and Central Asia; and reports from all the Teams of Specialists. The secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda on the meeting website.

Event: Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing: A European Strategy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:31
The first European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) Forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are. Initiated by the EOOS Steering Group as the main forum for an integrated European Ocean Observing System, the event will discuss the EOOS strategy and seek feedback from the funders, implementers and users on the way forward. The meeting will: present and discuss the EOOS strategy delivered by the EOOS Steering Group further to the stakeholder survey on the EOOS consultation document; highlight the main opportunities and threats to the delivery of EOOS and the downstream services linked to the funding sustainability; demonstrate examples of national or EU funding commitments to EOOS-related infrastructures and services; discuss sensitivities and bottlenecks to sustainable and integrated EOOS; and promote the value of communications in achieving the EOOS objectives. The meeting will aim to produce: an EOOS strategy; a forum report; and conclusions that feed into the EOOS Conference in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.

Event: Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:28
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) together with the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) will convene the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018 from 25-27 June. The event will bring together ministers, government officials, scientists, conservationists, educators, and business leaders to consider bamboo and rattan’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, BARC2018 will provide a platform for south-south and south-south-north cooperation to shape future policies, build foundations for new partnerships and initiatives. INBAR is a multilateral development organisation that supports its 43 Member States to include bamboo and rattan in their sustainable development action plans and green economy strategies.

SAAD Continues its Quest to Alleviate Poverty in Apayao

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:54

The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) remains active in implementing proposed projects meant to alleviate poverty in the program’s coverage areas in Apayao.

A workshop-consultation and a meeting with SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan was held last January 31-February 1, 2018 in Luna, Apayao to monitor and and strengthen the implementation of the program and thus ensure its success in the province.

SAAD is a six-year locally funded project under the Department of Agriculture (DA) that focuses development interventions on the most marginalized agricultural and fishery sectors in the country.

It also aims to increase food production and reduce poverty in the country.  Implementation of the program started in 2017 with Apayao as the first Cordillera province covered.

An update on the status of the SAAD’s implementation in Apayao, for FY 2016, was presented and discussed during the meeting. Among the concerns raised were the tedious procurement process and the low percentage of reported physical and financial accomplishment. Director San Juan advised the body to think of another design and strategy that can help resolve the problems encountered.

“We will frequently meet and assess what are the doable interventions for us to attain the purpose and objectives of the program and to assure that there will be an impact to the beneficiaries and to the community in the future,” Provincial Agriculturist (PA) Prudencio Bosing responded.

In the workshop planning for FY 2019, all the municipalities were covered but will focus on

priority barangays. These barangays are Namaltugan, Ninoy Aquino and Tubungan in Calanasan; Manag, Ripang, Cupiz, Guinaang and Mawigue in Conner; Bagutong, Mallig, San Jose and Upper Atok in Flora; Bulo, Dibagat, Madatag, Madduang and Musimot in Kabugao; San Gregorio, San Jose, Lappa, Bacsay and Turod in Luna; Lydia, San Jose and Doña Loreta in Pudtol; and Sipa and Imelda in Sta. Marcela.

Interventions proposed for all the target beneficiaries are the provision of carabao as draft animals and fruit trees specifically mangosteen, durian and sweet tamarind.

According to PA Bosing, the beneficiaries proposed large animal like carabaos because these are not prone to diseases and has an added value of helping the farmers in the fields. Agroforestry was also proposed due to its commercial and industrial value.

“The life span of durian and mangosteen tree is more or less 50 years. So once it bears fruit, it will give a long term benefit to the farmer,” Bosing explained.

Director San Juan requested the Provincial Program Management Office (PPMO) to fully cooperate in pursuing the program’s interventions in behalf of its farmer-beneficiaries. “This is a fruitful meeting and I hope this will continue. Let us try to be open with each other, tell us what you need and we will listen and we will try to find solutions to those problems,” Director San Juan said.// Leny Mendoza