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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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AfDB, FAO Working to Restore Rwandan Fishing Sector [viewed]

AfDB8 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated the Inland Lakes Integrated Development and Management Support Project (PAIGELAC) to assist in restoring and improving Rwanda's fisheries sector.

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SPREP Announces Biodiversity Project for Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP3 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the inception of a US$1.7 million project on the conservation of biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project activities will use an ecosystem-based management approach, emphasizing the connectivity between systems including the land, sea and people.

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CIF Trust Fund Committees Approve Climate Resilience, Renewables and Forestry Projects [viewed]

4 May 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee, the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Sub-Committee, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee, and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-Committee, and approved new projects on climate resilience, renewable energy and forests.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Land Management in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$18 million credit and US$4.4 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to provide funding for a programme in Moldova aimed at supporting the competitiveness of the agro-food sector.

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World Bank Reports Results of Mercury Decontamination in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank30 April 2012: The World Bank and the Government of Kazakhstan have reported on success in cleaning up contaminated mercury sites through an initiative to reduce mercury contamination in industrial sites and the Nura's riverbanks and flood plains.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Island Conservation Retreat, Endorsement of Palau's Water Policy [viewed]

1 May 2012: The May 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: the outcomes of the 15th Micronesian Island Conservation (MIC) Retreat; and the endorsement of Palau's first National Water Policy by its President, Johnson Toribiong.

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World Bank Invests in Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank published a brief titled "Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans," which presents the sectoral results for sustainable ocean ecosystem management and the Bank's role in the creation of the Global Partnership for Oceans.

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Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project Launched [viewed]

28 April 2012: A new project has been launched to address the narrowing variety of foods in people's diets, titled the “Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project.” The project is coordinated by Bioversity International, under the leadership of Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

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Event: CBD Workshop on Financing Mechanisms for Biodiversity: Examining Opportunities and Challenges [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Global Environment Fund (GEF), among others, in association with the co-chairs from India and Sweden of the Quito informal Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Finance for Biodiversity held from 6-9 March 2012. The aim is to build on the Quito discussions and related discussions in the fourth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation, to examine in further depth the salient issues associated with biodiversity finance mechanisms, and to explore what are the most promising avenues for effectively scaling up finance for biodiversity.  

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