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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project [viewed]

World Bank22 October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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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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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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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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Progress on Saving Tigers Evaluated by Range States [viewed]

wb-gti16 September 2014: The thirteen tiger range States met to evaluate progress on the 2013-2014 phase of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) Implementation Plan, which was launched in July 2013 in Kunming, China. The meeting concluded with range countries agreeing that, while progress has been made, critical areas of concern remain.

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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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