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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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CMS Convenes CSAB Meeting to Discuss Science Conservation Linkages [viewed]

CMS25 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has concluded a series of meetings that discussed collaboration among related conventions and addressed the linkages between science and migratory species conservation. 

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Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Event: CBD Global Workshop on Reviewing Progress and Building Capacity for the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Revision Process [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its implementing agencies, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Development Programme (UNDP), this global workshop targets primarily the GEF Enabling Activity (EA) project coordinators. It will comprise a number of parallel modules on themes focused on aspects of planning and development of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) that have been identified as the most in need of technical support, including: biodiversity information management; strategic target setting; mainstreaming; and resource mobilization.  

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Coral Triangle Reef Fish Valued at US$3 Billion [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeOctober 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative has released a study, titled ‘The Economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Coral Triangle,' which was commissioned to estimate the cost to protect and conserve Coral Triangle Ecosystems. The report estimates that reef fish are worth US$3 billion, and that coral reef ecosystems support employment of about 15 million small-scale fishers.

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STAP Convenes Experts to Discuss Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

stap-participants3 October 2013: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has organized a meeting to discuss biodiversity mainstreaming and share lessons and best practices from the last decade, with the goal of informing future biodiversity mainstreaming activities.

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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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Event: Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of The World Bank Global Tiger Initiative in cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and partners, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others, the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum will bring together representatives and experts from snow leopard range countries to discuss the status and future of snow leopards.  

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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Event: Special Forum at the General Assembly of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is organizing this Special Forum on the theme “New Directions for Financing Sustainable Cities”. It aims to provide a platform for interaction between the GEF and mayors and local leaders, to discuss, inter alia, GEF's support for cities and how cities can be used to achieve a more integrated approach to addressing climate change, biodiversity and chemicals. The Forum will be held during the 2013 Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, taking place from 27-28 September.  

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