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ICRI Announces New Draft Strategy to Curb Lionfish Invasions [viewed]

ICRI11 October 2013: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) announced that the Regional Lionfish Committee (RLC), also known as Ad Hoc Committee for the Caribbean Regional Response to the Lionfish Invasion, has coordinated the development of a regional Strategy to guide action by stakeholders concerned with, and impacted by, the lionfish invasion. 

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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FAO and FEM Announce Partnership for European Mountain Forests [viewed]

FAO7 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) have announced a partnership to strengthen knowledge and capacity for sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe.

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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UNDP Launches Portal on Anti-Corruption for Development [viewed]

UNDPOctober 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group has launched the Global Portal on Anti-Corruption for Development, a web platform on anti-corruption for sustainable development. The platform provides knowledge on efforts to address corruption alongside development challenges such as climate change, gender equality and empowerment, human rights, illicit financial flows and natural resource management (NRM).

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ICARDA Supports Conservation Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management Activities [viewed]

ICARDA-LogoSeptember 2013: In the September edition of its monthly update, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights the impacts of its work on conservation agriculture in Iraq, on wheat disease in Central Asia and on integrated pest management.

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ITPGR Launches Online Tools for Managing Seeds and Genetic Material [viewed]

ITPGR24 September 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has presented two new sets of information technology tools designed to support implementation of the Treaty by facilitating the transfer of seeds and other genetic material and enhancing their management at the national level. The presentations took place alongside the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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North African Countries Commit to Cooperative Management of Nubian Aquifer [viewed]

iaea-unesco-undp-gef18 September 2013: Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan signed a Strategic Action Programme to establish a long-term framework for managing the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known fossil water aquifer system. The agreement establishes a Joint Authority for the NSAS, with the aim of strengthening regional coordination and optimizing equitable use among the four arid North African countries.

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Indonesia Establishes REDD+ Managing Agency [viewed]

Indonesia Flag10 September 2013: The Government of Indonesia announced the establishment of a national REDD+ agency as part of its climate change partnership with the Government of Norway. The REDD+ Managing Agency will report directly to the President and will manage the reduction of emissions from both forests and peatlands.

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