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CMS Launches Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative [viewed]

26 February 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the launch of the Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative, which aims to improve livelihoods and create economic opportunity in exchange for the conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitat.

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Event: International Symposium on Domestic Measures to Implement the Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This symposium, organized with the financial and organizational support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Institute for Sustainability and Peace of the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is designed to support a coherent implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization (ABS).  

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletin Focuses on Lake Urmia, Iran [viewed]

UNEP27 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released the February edition of its bulletin, which focuses on Lake Urmia, a hypersaline lake in Iran. The bulletin was produced under the theme of climate change, resource efficiency, ecosystem management, and environmental governance, and focuses on the drying of Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences.  

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Workshop Examines LMO Risk Evaluation and Management in Costa Rica [viewed]

Workshop Examines LMO Risk Evaluation and Management in Costa Rica24 February 2012: A three-day workshop sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) brought together Costa Rican officials with biosafety experts from other Latin American countries to discuss policy approaches to risk evaluation and management regarding living modified organisms (LMOs).

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UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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UNEP Governing Council Focuses on Rio+20 [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: Delegates at the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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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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