Project

Bioversity International, SPC Engage in Banana Conservation [viewed]

30 March 2012: Highlighting the challenge of conserving edible bananas, which do not have seeds, Bioversity International is participating in a project that seeks to protect varieties of banana. The project is being carried out in conjunction with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and is part of a global effort to conserve banana genetic diversity and promote their use through the MusaNet network coordinated by Bioversity International. 

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CAN to Strengthen Environmental Information on the Peruvian Amazon [viewed]

22 March 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) Secretariat signed an agreement with the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP) to strengthen the management of environmental information in the Peruvian Amazon.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Regional Development Banks Support Community-Based Sustainable Businesses [viewed]

29 March 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund (known as FOMIN in Spanish), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and The Nature Conservancy have launched the second stage of a fund aimed at supporting sustainable community living and business ventures in Latin America.

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IUCN Reports on Black Rhino Conservation Efforts in Namibia [viewed]

27 March 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports on a recent foot patrol to track rhinos and deter poaching in Namibia's Kunene region, where a sub-species of the critically endangered black rhino lives on land lacking any formal conservation status.

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UNCCD, UNDP Strengthen Strategic Collaboration on Life of Drylands Populations [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Programme of Cooperation to formalize their long-standing strategic partnership to address poverty among the poorest populations.

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ITTO Supports Tropical Wood Testing Lab Upgrade in Mexico [viewed]

28 March 2012: An International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) project has upgraded and strengthened a testing laboratory for tropical woods in Mexico.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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ITTO Funds Examination of Potential Commercial Timber Species in Peru [viewed]

22 March 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has funded a study of the anatomical structure and natural durability of ten timber species from secondary and residual forest of the Peruvian Amazon.

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ITTO Supports Development of Forest Planning Model in Guyana [viewed]

March 2012: The Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES) Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has provided support to Guyana to develop a high-level decision support model for forestry.

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