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GEF Invests in Coastal Watershed Management in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank21 November 2013: The World Bank has announced a US$39.5 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to protect coastal watersheds in Mexico. The announcement follows a 13 November 2013 National Dialogue in Mexico City to identify and align best practices with national funding priorities. The project is intended to support local communities' efforts to address deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss adjacent to protected areas, including through payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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CITES Rhino Task Force Discusses Strategies to Address Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC31 October 2013: A meeting hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force and partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) discussed ways to stop the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, with a focus on the crime-trade chain.

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Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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Event: Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of The World Bank Global Tiger Initiative in cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and partners, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others, the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum will bring together representatives and experts from snow leopard range countries to discuss the status and future of snow leopards.  

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African Countries to Consider CITES in Single Window Establishment [viewed]

CITES20 September 2013: The International Single Window Conference and Exhibition, which took place from 16-18 September, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, brought together 150 customs and government officials, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna (CITES), to take stock of progress on the establishment of Single Window environments in Africa, noting the progress made in Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, among many others.

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Event: Expert Meeting on Taking to Scale Tree-Based Ecosystem Approaches [viewed]

The Program on Forests (PROFOR) is convening this expert meeting as part of a project to promote tree based ecosystem approaches in order to enhance food security, improve resilience to climate change and sequester carbon. As such, the meeting will introduce the draft report titled, ‘Tree-Based Ecosystem Approaches at Scale: Evidence of drivers and impacts on food security, climate change resilience and carbon sequestration'. The meeting will also review lessons learned and identify a possible framework for scaling up tree based ecosystem approaches.  

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Event: Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth for Inclusive Growth and Economic Development [viewed]

This conference will focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in natural resource rich countries. Key issues include ways to strengthen the macro-fiscal framework and strategies for economic diversification. The event will discuss shared lessons from regional and global perspectives with representatives from a number of diverse resource-rich countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and will conclude with a high-level Policy Round Table Discussion. The organizers are the International Monetary Fund (IMF), jointly with the Government of Timor-Leste, and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.  

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