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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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“Small Islands, Big Difference” Campaign Launched at SBSTTA 16 [viewed]

22 May 2012:  The NGO Island Conservation has launched a global campaign called “Small Islands, Big Difference.” The campaign aims to prevent the extinction of vulnerable native species and support human livelihoods on islands by removing invasive alien vertebrates. Island Conservation hopes the campaign will increase financial support for island nations and nations with islands to eradicate invasive alien species. The campaign was launched in Montreal, Canada, in May 2012.

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InforMEA Expands to Include New Tools and Members [viewed]

24 May 2012:  The Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA), which was launched in 2011, has expanded its platform to include new tools as well as new members.

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St. Kitts and Nevis Joins UNESCO's MAB Programme [viewed]

UNESCO23 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis has become the first English Caribbean country to launch its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The MAB Programme is dedicated to the sustainable development and management of an area of significant biodiversity and cultural conservation, sustainable development capacity building and information sharing.

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UNDP, UNEP, WFP Support Reforestation of Haiti-Dominican Republic Border [viewed]

UNDP21 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on progress achieved in the reforestation of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic under a project titled Green Border, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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CAN Considers Coordinated Effort Against Illegal Trade in Flora and Fauna [viewed]

23 May 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) recently held a workshop to discuss options and proposals for subregional coordination mechanisms to combat illegal traffic in species of wild Amazonian fauna and flora.

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European Commission Celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Protection [viewed]

21 May 2012: The European Commission recently marked the 20th anniversary of the Habitats Directive and LIFE, the EU financing programme for the environment. The Habitats Directive was adopted in response to loss of habitats and wildlife decline due to the problems of land-use changes, pollution and urban expansion, with the objective of conserving threatened habitats and species in Europe.

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ITTO, Chinese Academy of Forestry Collaborate on Sustainable Forestry Training [viewed]

21 May 2012: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Zhang Shougong, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on international forestry training for ITTO member countries.

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World Bank Approves Support for Desertification Control in China [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$80 million loan in support of the Desertification Control and Ecological Protection Project, with the aim of supporting the control of desertification and land degradation, as well as protecting farmland and infrastructure in Ningxia, China.

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ACTO Launches Project to Monitor Amazon Deforestation and Land Use Changes [viewed]

ACTO18 May 2012: The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) has formally launched a four-year project to strengthen the capacity of its eight Member States to monitor and generate information about deforestation in the Amazon.

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