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Latest News - 30 July 2014
July 2014 Water Finance Update
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July_2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience. Among major developments the World Bank outlined their increased infrastructure investment, including in WASH services, and the AfDB launched the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) to mobilize finance to achieve the WASH-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targeting countries in Africa that are not on track to achieve the targets by 2015. continued...
CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal
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25_July_2014: Biodiversity and ecosystems are included throughout the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD describes the OWG's final outcome as “extremely positive from the perspective of the CBD and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” noting the agreement sets the stage for better links between the implementation of the CBD's agenda and the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
Arctic Council Task Force Discusses Advancing Scientific Cooperation
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23_July_2014: The Scientific Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) of the Arctic Council held its third meeting and exchanged views on a draft document related to advancing scientific cooperation among the Arctic States. The Task Force will continue working on the document at its next meeting in September in Tromsø, Norway. continued...
FAO Study Analyzes Global Fish Stock Status and Production Potential
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25_July_2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has released a study, titled ‘Developing new approaches to global stock status assessment and fishery production potential of the seas.' The study focuses on two approaches to estimating fisheries' status: determining single-stock status; and estimating ecosystem production based on satellite estimates of primary productivity. continued...
UNDP Launches PARCS Project in Croatia
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July_2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a programme called PARCS, which seeks to conserve globally significant marine and terrestrial biological diversity in Croatia. The programme will strengthen the management of the country's 19 most important parks by improving the model of protected areas management and boosting investment in infrastructure. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
45th Pacific Islands Forum Koror, Palau 29 Jul - 1 Aug
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 11 Aug - 13 Aug
GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary Celebration Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway 14 Aug - 15 Aug
Meeting of the "Friends of the Convention on Biological Diversity" Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland 14 Aug - 15 Aug
CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland 18 Aug - 19 Aug
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific Nadi, Western, Fiji 18 Aug - 20 Aug
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Oceania Nadi, Western, Fiji 18 Aug - 20 Aug
GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway 21 Aug - 22 Aug
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa Bujumbura, Burundi 4 Sep - 5 Sep
18th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention STRP Gland, Vaud, Switzerland 8 Sep - 10 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
EUROBATS MOP 7 Brussels, Belgium 15 Sep - 17 Sep
 
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