UN Programme, Agency or Fund

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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Event: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO: 63rd Session [viewed]

Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping will be among the agenda items discussed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions, and consider the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) relating to reception facilities in small island developing States.  

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FAO Supports Fight Against Ugandan Illegal Timber and Charcoal Trade [viewed]

FAO21 February 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed letters of agreement to support the work of CARE International and WWF, two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in their activities aimed at combating illegal harvesting and trade in timber and charcoal in Uganda.

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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Atlantic Seamount First Addition to CBD EBSAs Repository [viewed]

CBD17 February 2012: The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean, has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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CMS Sahelo-Saharan Project Welcomes Possible Nature Reserve Designation in Niger [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Steering Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes project in Niger has reviewed progress on anti-poaching activities and the planned designation of the Termit Tin Toumma area as a nature reserve.

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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Event: First Session of the STAC for the LBS Protocol [viewed]

The first session of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in charge of advising member countries in the implementation of the Protocol on Marine Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) will take place in Aruba. The LBS Protocol is one of several to the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, France, Guyana, Panama, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US are Parties to the Protocol. The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) provides the secretariat services for the Convention, its Protocols and its associated bodies such as the STAC. The first session of the STAC will discuss, inter alia: emerging pollution issues for the WCR; state of the WCR coastal and marine environment; implementation of the LBS Protocol; and new projects/needs.  

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