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UNDP Reports on Wetland Preservation in Kazakhstan [viewed]

UNDPDecember 2012: A joint initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the Government of Kazakhstan has helped salvage and protect Kazakhstan's wetlands, UNDP has reported. Since the initiative began in 2003, seven sites have been declared protected areas, illegal fishing has decreased, and local residents have developed eco-friendly business ventures.

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Andean Wetlands Initiative to Develop Regional Monitoring Network [viewed]

12 December 2012: The IX Meeting of High Andean Wetlands (HAW) Regional Initiative and Strategy agreed to develop a regional monitoring network, and discussed the implementation, governance, financial challenges and future of the Initiative.

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GEF-UNDP Publication Analyzes Investments to Restore and Protect Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

14 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint publication titled “Catalysing Ocean Finance,” on 14 December 2012, in Washington, DC, US. The two-volume publication demonstrates how public investment can reverse declines in global ocean health, scale up ocean planning and policy tools, leverage financial flows and transform ocean markets towards sustainability.

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GEF SGP Supporting Lobster Protection in Bahamas [viewed]

10 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced funding for a project on the Bahamas' second largest island, Abaco, to conserve the lobster population by training fishermen in sustainable fishing practices.

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GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership [viewed]

6 December 2012: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), announced launch of the Forum on Innovation and Partnership on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The initiative aims to foster "thought provoking" discussion on creative innovation and technology transfer.

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SOS Funds 25 New Biodiversity Conservation Projects [viewed]

22 November 2012: The Save Our Species (SOS) initiative has announced its support for 25 new projects. In this second round, SOS is funding conservation projects on dolphins, dugongs, manatees, gibbons, rhinos and tigers, as well as lesser known but similarly threatened species such as river turtles, Asian crocodiles, flying foxes, freshwater fish and plant species.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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IW:LEARN, UNECA Workshop Discusses GEF International Waters Projects in Africa [viewed]

16 November 2012: A workshop organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (IW:LEARN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently discussed GEF International Waters (IW) projects in Africa.

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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