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GEF SGP Highlights Project Achievements in Kenya Forest [viewed]

17 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has highlighted its support for the protection of the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest through a youth-led project that has received several international awards. The GEF SGP project protects biodiversity at risk from illegal timber harvesting, encroachment and poor resource management. 

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PROFOR Highlights Success in Revenue Sharing from Protected Forest [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) has highlighted the case of revenue sharing from a protected area in Tanzania, as the third in an ongoing series of stories on benefit-sharing from forest conservation, titled "What it Takes." Implemented by CARE International, the project in Zanzibar paid local communities to refrain from killing monkeys and collecting wood illegally.

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2012 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2012 will focus on the question: “Is multilateralism in crisis?” and will provide an opportunity for civil society participants to analyze the state of multilateralism and assess whether it is in crisis, considering both the Doha Round deadlock and WTO activities that work well. The Forum will address the following: formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening in areas such as trade facilitation; addressing 21st-century issues and identifying areas in need of new regulations; and looking at the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system.  

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Event: Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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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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