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GEFwould like to announce that after nine years, Climate-Eval is evolving to better incorporate a broader environmental scope which reflects the complexities in the changing environment. As the scope of Climate-Eval is expanding, GEF is changing its name to capture this broader subject. They would l…
The Agrifood business (production, processing, transportation, and commercialization to final consumers) has changed dramatically in the last fifty years. Rather than being carried out via linear supply chains, agrifood business is now conducted in complex networks spanning the globe. It can, in oth…
This working paper analyzes the role of land use and spatial planning tools, processes and approaches to improve socio-economic opportunities through sustainable management of land resources (i.e., soil, water, and biodiversity). Section 1 explores the nexus between land use planning and changes in…
This working paper explores how land tenure systems in different ecosystems and bio-cultural regions around the world are linked to land degradation or sustainable land management. It is against this backdrop that five major issues surrounding land tenure, and rights for improved land management and…
Integrated landscape management (ILM) has emerged as an innovative approach to land management that reduces land use conflicts, empowers communities, and achieves development objectives at the landscape scale. ILM is built on the principles of participation, negotiation, and cooperation; as such, it…
The Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) provides a scientific foundation for understanding, implementing and monitoring LDN. It has been designed to create a bridge between the vision and the practical implementation of LDN, by defining LDN in operational terms. The…
This paper will discuss emerging trends in gender dimensions of land degradation, making an argument for the importance of taking gender roles into account when making policies and laws to promote land degradation neutrality. Women comprise 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, rising to 70%…
This paper identifies and compares the land impact of all terrestrial energy forms. It also focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the use and supply of energy, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of terrestrial carbon sinks that are essential to mitigating climate ch…
Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. Peppers grown in many developing countries Grafter plants yield 40 per cent more, tests show Helps increase resilience against drought An ex…
Long seen as poverty traps, rural areas are in fact key to economic growth in developing countries when pegged to food production, according to a new United Nations agriculture agency report released Monday. With 'sweeping transformations' that can unlock the potential of rural areas to help feed an…
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise once more, with multiple forms of malnutrition threatening the health of millions. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World warns that the greater number of conflicts, whose impacts are often exacerbated…
Global drylands face a host of urgent human and environmental challenges with far-reaching impacts. Improving smallholder agriculture remains a key development pathway to tackle these challenges. The dryland development paradigm (DDP), introduced in 2007, presented a highly influential framework for…
Land Degradation Neutrality is one of the Sustainable Development Goal targets, requiring on-going degradation to be balanced by restoration and sustainable land management. However, restoration and efforts to prevent degradation have often failed to deliver expected benefits, despite enormous inves…
The food security–climate change nexus rapidly gains momentum. Soil degradation plays an important role in this context while dealing with, for example, the productive capacity of our soil resources or carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation. However, little has been done to assess the pr…
A new study has assessed the value of ecosystem-based approaches to mitigating climate changes and conserving biodiversity in Germany. The researchers highlight the trade-offs and synergies between climate adaptation and nature conservation and suggest that effective ecosystem-based climate policy r…
Gender inequalities persist in all areas of social and economic life and across countries. Young women in OECD countries generally obtain more years of schooling than young men, but women are less likely than men to engage in paid work. Gaps widen with age, as motherhood typically has marked negativ…
Journal of Arid Environments Volume 147, Pages 1-162, December 2017 Journal of Arid Environments - ScienceDirect.com 1. Effects of tillage system on greenhouse gas fluxes and soil mineral nitrogen in wheat (Triticum aestivum, L.)-fallow during drought Original Research Article, Pages 103-113, Prakri…
The Land Portal Foundation, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) launched a weekly blog series promoting land monitoring and information sharing for the SDGs. Seven Latin American countries launched a project to measure the organic carbon co…
In the first featured post under the new blog series titled, ‘Land and the Sustainable Development Goals,’ Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN Director, describes land use as “the most important bridge between the SDGs,” noting that land is at the heart of poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, water…
The Soil Care Network is an interdisciplinary, global community of scholars animated by the love of, fascination with, and dedication to soils.
Developing East Asia and Pacific is expected to grow at 6.4% in 2017, exceeding expectations. Better global prospects and continued strong domestic demand are supporting this positive outlook. China is expected to grow at 6.7% in 2017, the same pace as in 2016 before slowing gradually in 2018-19. Fo…
United Nations recently released a report titled "State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017," identifying a five-percent increase in global hunger from 2015 to 2016. Although this report signifies a setback towards achieving the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, there are many organ…
Dryland vegetation is characterised by discrete plant patches that accumulate and capture soil resources under their canopies. These “fertile islands” are major drivers of dryland ecosystem structure and functioning, yet we lack an integrated understanding of the factors controlling their magnitude…
The International Journal on Green Growth and Development is an effort to stir a debate around emerging ‘green’ concepts and development. The publication aims at building knowledge through stakeholder engagement on policy-relevant issues to understand the many facets of green growth and development.…
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the 2017 African Forestry Investment Conference (AFIC) report 'Unlocking Capital Flows for Forest Sector Development in Africa'. The event brought together key players from the financial services and plantation forestry industries, government, smallho…