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Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 23:55
FAO and UNDP released a set of briefing notes on the integration of agriculture into countries’ National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The European Academies Science Advisory Council published a report on food security, nutrition and agriculture in Europe. A report on behalf of Champions 12.3 analyzes the profitability of reducing food waste.

UNFCCC Publishes Summary of Talanoa Dialogue Inputs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:11
The note by the Secretariat, which synthesizes inputs received before 2 April 2018, is intended to facilitate Talanoa Dialogue discussions that will take place in parallel with the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, from 30 April to 10 May. Inputs reflect the need for more ambitious and robust NDCs by 2020, delivering on pre-2020 actions and a strong rule book for the Paris Agreement. Inputs also discuss links between meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for DRR.

Baguio Dairy Farm to be develop as a Learning Center

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:05

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) will develop the Baguio Dairy Farm (BDF) into a dairy learning center as well as for agritourism.

This was announced by DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol during the dinner meeting with local chief executives last April 27, 2018 at Venus Park View Hotel.

The meeting was organized to discuss issues and concerns affecting local agriculture and to address the same.

Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol said that as a learning center, the BDF will  be a venue for trainee including children every weekend to learn on dairying such as how to milk cow and goat.

Piñol said a hostel will also be constructed so that visitors to the center from all over the  country may have a place to stay during their visits

“An additional 100 Holsten cows will be delivered to the Baguio Dairy Farm for the multiplier farm”, Sec. Piñol, added.  

During the meeting, Sec. Piñol also committed Php. 10 M fund for farm to market road (FMR) to each municipality of Benguet including Baguio City.

Asides from this, most of the requests of the 13 Mayors from Benguet such as machineries, equipment, post-harvest facilities and others were approved by the DA Secretary.

Meanwhile, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan acknowledged the approval of the DA for allowing City Government of Baguio to temporarily use a part of the Baguio Dairy farm as a staging area for garbage.// A. Cañero

Veterinary students gets wildlife support from DA-CAR

DA-CAR Latest News - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:24

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Veterinary medicine students from the Benguet State University (BSU) were oriented on wildlife protection and conservation through a seminar sponsored by the Department of Agriculture - Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) through its Regulatory Division on April 20, 2018 at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) - BSU, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Dr. Marietta Amatorio, BSU-CVM Dean, said wildlife subject will be included in the new curriculum of the CVM next year.

“Our students have an inclination to this topic. This seminar will be a good start to the new program,” Dr. Amatorio added.

Dr. Anthony Bantog, DA-CAR Chief of the Regulatory Division, encouraged the students to learn and take interest on wildlife.

“Wildlife has now become a part of the department in terms of health and then conservation from the side of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). I hope to having wildlife specialists from BSU to work with us,” he said.

Wildlife, as defined by Yolando Ruperto of the DENR - CAR, refers to wild forms of plants and animals in all developmental stages, whether in captivity or being bred.

A biodiversity law has been passed in the form of the Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. The joint Administrative Order 01 from the DENR, DA, and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) enacts these agencies to implement the law with their respective jurisdiction over flora and fauna. The DENR handles terrestrial plant and animals, then aquatic resources with the exception of the “dugong” for the DA.

Aside from that, Dr. Bantog listed several factors that would be taken into consideration with regards to wildlife. They are possible carriers of disease affecting animal health.

The issue of reproducing wildlife was also tapped by Dr. Bantog.

“What I want answered is if wildlife are considered as food animals. We have to understand the implications of eating wildlife because under the Animal Welfare Act, wildlife aren’t identified as food. We’re looking if we can go into breeding because exotic foods are now expensive,” he said.

According to Ruperto, possession of wildlife requires proof of financial and technical capability, a facility to maintain, and that it should be obtained from legal resources. She reiterated that legalities are important for the issuance of permit and for the wildlife’s overall wellbeing.

“When it comes to using wildlife for breeding and food, it is okay as long as the quantity is enough based on the national quota, not detrimental to the survival of the species and its habitat, and collected using appropriate techniques”, Ruperto reported.//Ayra Galanza

Policy Brief: NGO Brief: Reports Assess EU Long-term Climate Planning, EU ETS

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:10
This NGO brief has a special focus on the EU, highlighting a brief selection of contributions from NGOs and think tanks in the past month that are providing inputs to moving forward with the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. A set of reports on the new EU long-term climate strategy outline several technical and policy options for the strategy, including on the process for developing the strategy, its content and scope, and the process for review and revision of the strategy once it is established. Another report provides an assessment of the EU Emissions Trading System, finding that it is currently "fit for purpose" if assessed by its own standards, but that it requires enhancement to be in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

Canadian Audit Report Highlights Need for Stronger Federal Leadership for SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:08
Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development released the first audit report of a national government's preparedness to implement the SDGs. The report shows that the Canadian federal government still needs to develop a governance structure, implementation plan, and system to measure, monitor and report progress in domestic SDG implementation. Similar audit reports will be released by Supreme Audit Organizations of up to 80 countries in the coming months.

CEPA 17 Experts Call for Investing in Public Servants to Deliver on SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:05
The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration is meeting for its 17th session to discuss ‘Readying Public Institutions for the Implementation of the SDGs'. Topics examined by the Committee include: effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; policy and institutional coherence; principles of effective governance for sustainable development; capacities and budgetary resources for 2030 Agenda’s implementation; awareness, competencies and skills of civil servants; participation and engagement in SDG implementation; misconduct and corruption in the public sector; and enhancing and equipping institutions in urban and rural communities to support societal changes required under the 2030 Agenda.

GEF Replenishment Negotiations Result in Pledges for US$4.1 Billion

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:03
The GEF-7 replenishment will formally conclude during the GEF Assembly, which will convene from 27-28 June 2018, in Da Nang, Viet Nam. The talks for GEF-7 were called for in October 2016, at the 51st meeting of the GEF Council. The GEF serves as a financial mechanism for conventions on biodiversity, climate change, desertification, chemicals, mercury, and ozone depletion; it also funds activities in the areas of sustainable forest management and international waters.

Bloomberg, Wells Fargo Announce Climate Finance, Sustainability Pledges

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:58
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg announced a US$4.5 million contribution to support UNFCCC operations, including helping countries implement their commitments under the Paris Agreement. Bloomberg promised that his foundation would cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the US Government. Wells Fargo, a multinational financial services company, announced that it will invest US$200 billion through 2030 in businesses and projects that support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

OECD-DAC Roundtable Identifies Leadership Recommendations for SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:55
The OECD-DAC and the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution hosted a roundtable for DAC members to share their experiences with SDG implementation. Participants discussed whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to achieve the SDGs, and considered the role of policy coherence in accelerating progress. The discussion highlighted the role of high-level political buy-in in driving SDG implementation, including from finance ministers and auditors.

UN Secretary-General Appoints New STI Advisory Group

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:51
The 10-Member Multi-stakeholder Group will advise the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on preparations for the annual meetings of the STI Forum and on the online platform. The first meeting of the Group will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 4 June 2018.

MDBs Launch Collaboration Platform on Economic Migration, Forced Displacement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:49
The World Bank reports that there are an estimated 250 million international economic migrants worldwide and 66 million people forcibly displaced as refugees or internally displaced persons. Seven MDBs launched their platform for collaboration on these issues during the 2018 Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. The platform represents a response to a request made by the G7.

Spring Meeting Side Event Explores Security-Development Nexus

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:46
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim opened the side event during the 2018 Spring Meetings, observing that refugees’ status often lasts decades, and they have development needs that humanitarian actors are ill equipped to address. Boubou Cisse, Minister of Economy and Finance of Mali, said the Sahel Alliance is a model of international cooperation. Officials from France and Baghdad also provided insights from their experience.

FAO, Spanish Newspaper Collaborate to Raise SDG Awareness

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:44
FAO and EL PAÍS are producing a series of 11 books that aims to make complex planetary challenges understandable to everyone. The series introduces the 2030 Agenda and focuses on global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, forests, oceans, water, hunger and nutrition, and populations and migration.

Climate Finance Institutional Update: IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings Promote Investment in Sustainable Growth

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:30
Leading pension funds, insurers and asset management firms formed a leadership group to work with UNEP FI on guidelines towards a first set of climate-related investor disclosures in alignment with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. UNEP convened a meeting of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability seeking to accelerate green and sustainable finance. The IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings addressed a range of issues relating to financial stability, development, technology diffusion, economic diversification and various threats to the global economy, including climate change impacts.

UNEP, FiA Foundation Report Calls for Infrastructure Investment to Implement SDG Targets 3.6, 11.2

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:14
The Share the Road Programme supports governments and other stakeholders in designing “mobility for people instead of mobility for cars”. The Programme advances SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and target 3.6 (by 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents). It also contributes to SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and target 11.2 (by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons).

IFAD, GWP Report on Efforts to Scale-up Water Investments to Deliver on 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:11
An IFAD report titled, ‘The Water Advantage: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Water Stress,’ highlights the value of projects that improve access to clean water and help farmers manage water resources more effectively. The Global Water Partnership (GWP) reported its highest-ever levels of support to a total of almost 100 country-level partners in 2017.

World Bank Group Event Calls for Women's Empowerment in Post-Conflict Situations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:08
At a Spring Meetings side event on ‘Empowering Women in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings,’ Kristalina Georgieva, WBG CEO, described gender equality as "good economics," and highlighted the World Bank’s US$1 billion vehicle for women entrepreneurs. Lina Khalifeh, SheFighter Self-Defense Training founder and entrepreneur (Jordan), said she started her business with self-defense classes for women in her parents’ basement after a friend in college came to class bruised following a beating by male members of her family. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Netherlands, said governments and international organizations must show women in refugee situations that they have high ambitions for them.

Commonwealth Youth Forum Calls for Policies to Implement and Achieve SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:04
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Youth Forum focused on four themes: prosperity; security; sustainability; and fairness. The Forum resulted in a Declaration and an Action Plan with recommendations on achieving a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fairer future. Young people called for prioritizing national and international policies that implement, monitor and achieve the 17 SDGs.

Event: Fourth GEF-7 Replenishment Meeting

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 22:20
The fourth GEF-7 replenishment meeting will take place on 25 April 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden. The GEF-7 process is focused on assessing the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) focus and funding level for the seventh replenishment period for the GEF Trust Fund. The first meeting took place in Paris, France; the second meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the third took place in Brasilia, Brazil.