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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

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Event: 7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Ballast Water Management will address the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (2004). The Convention has been ratified by 40 countries and is expected to come into force within the next two years. The Convention aims to decrease the rate of bio-invasions that result from shipping. The conference offers an opportunity for sharing experiences and solutions on the implementation of the Convention. It will also include a field trip to Singapore's Ballast Water Centre Facility and other sites. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are organizing the meeting.  

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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GEF, World Bank Partner to Manage Migratory Fish Stocks in Coastal Areas, ABNJ [viewed]

World Bank - GEF24 September 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), approved a project to improve the management of migratory fish stocks in coastal areas and areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in four marine regions. The US$10 million project aims to maintain the economic benefits of sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean; Bay of Bengal; Western and Central Pacific; and the Eastern Pacific regions.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders [viewed]

equator-prize-winner21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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World Bank-GEF Project Will Triple Brazil's MPAs [viewed]

World Bank - GEF19 September 2014: The World Bank Board of Directors approved a Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Project that will increase the area of Brazil's oceans under protection, from 5.5 million to 17.5 million hectares. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project is expected to benefit 43 million coastal inhabitants through economic, environmental and social benefits that will improve local livelihoods.

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FAO Bulletin Highlights ABNJ Deep-Seas Project [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released its Summer 2014 ‘Deep-Sea High Seas News' bulletin. It features the approval of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Deep Seas Project, including FAO collaboration with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) on the project.

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ICCWC Senior Experts Discuss Progress on Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

iccwc18 September 2014: The Senior Experts Group of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss progress on joint activities.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions [viewed]

samoa-unep17 September 2014: The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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