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Rubber Plant and Palm Oil Conference Notes Opportunities in Sustainable Forestry, Renewable Energy [viewed]

AfDB6 September 2012: The Rubber Plant and Palm Oil Africa conference highlighted the business opportunities that forest ecosystems present for sustainable forestry, forest carbon and renewable energy, particularly for emerging markets and Africa. According to presentations at the conference, opportunities include income from timber and non-timber forest products, generating carbon credits and providing renewable energy sources.

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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Five Countries' Ocean and Coastal Policies Shortlisted for Future Policy Award [viewed]

World Future Council28 August 2012: Six policies from five countries are shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, which celebrates effective and exemplary policies. The award is given by the World Future Council, in partnership for this year with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation. The 2012 award focuses on the protection of oceans and coasts.

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World Bank Publishes Educational Infographic on Biodiversity Challenges [viewed]

31 August 2012: The World Bank has published an educational graphic explaining the main challenges faced by biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as the value of biodiversity for humankind.

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EAS Congress Discusses Building a Blue Economy, Sea Governance [viewed]

July 2012: The 2012 East Asian Seas Congress took place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, with a focus on building a "blue economy" in the region. It addressed, in particular, progress in the governance of regional/sub-regional seas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The Congress included the Fourth Ministerial Forum, an Exhibition, an East Asian Seas Partnership Council Meeting, and a PEMSEA Network of Local Governments Forum.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Creating Protected Areas Fund and Financing Mechanism [viewed]

GEFJuly 2012: The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is developing a national trust fund and conservation finance mechanism for the sustainable financing of protected areas in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank - GEF30 August 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$11.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement biodiversity-friendly best practices on at least 34,500 hectares of land, as well as to manage natural resources, and preserve and conserve land in Mexico. The project, which will run until 2017, seeks to reconcile rural production with ecosystem conservation, through improvements in the living conditions of rural farmers.

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World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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World Bank Road Construction Considers Conservation Issues [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank is financing the paving of provincial route No. 3 in the province of Chaco, Argentina, an area that goes through the second largest forested area in South America, known as Gran Chaco Americano. A report prepared as part of the project and released on 30 July 2012 contains the results of impact studies and recommendations for conservation during road construction.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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