UN Programme, Agency or Fund

GEF SGP Highlights Biodiversity Projects in Uruguay [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has highlighted the results of two projects in Uruguay. One promoted organic farming of native species and the other addressed land planning in protected area buffer zones.

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CMS Reports on Niger's Creation of the Termin Reserve [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported that the Government of Niger has approved the creation of the Termit Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve, which now becomes one of the largest protected areas in Africa.

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FAO, CITES Workshop Reviews Effectiveness of Regulatory Shark Measures [viewed]

7 March 2012: The report of an international workshop to “Review the Application and Effectiveness of International Regulatory Measures for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Elasmobranchs,” organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on International Trade of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was been released.

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Event: 26th Session of the North American Forest Commission [viewed]

Established in 1958, the North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets every two years. At its 26th session, NAFC is scheduled to discuss, among other agenda items: the strengthening of international cooperation in forest fire; the long-term strategy for the Global Forest Resources Assessment; and regional issues identified by the Commission for the attention of the Committee on Forestry (COFO).  

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Event: CMS Meeting to Negotiate the Institutional and Legal Framework for the Central Asian Flyway [viewed]

The meeting to negotiate the institutional and legal framework for the Central Asian Flyway under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will be held from 12-13 December 2012, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

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Event: First Meeting of Signatories to the Raptors MoU [viewed]

The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be held 9-11 December 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

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Guest Article #12: Addressing Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Poverty through Sustainable Ecosystem Management [viewed]

The world's ecosystems are currently being degraded at an alarming rate and this is occurring at a time when we are facing trends of increasing global temperature, hunger, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss, compounded by a global population of 7 billion, which is to hit 9 billion in the next 40 years. Biodiversity is being lost and we face the uncertainty of how climate change will affect us. The Green Economy, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Poverty are inextricably connected.

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IMO MEPC Adopts Energy Efficiency Guidelines [viewed]

IMO2 March 2012: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a series of guidelines to support the uniform implementation of mandatory measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from international shipping.

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FAO Releases Reports on Methodologies and Good Practices for Sustainable Bioenergy [viewed]

FAO5 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced several new publications from its Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project on: methodologies, good practices, and policy measures for promoting sustainable bioenergy development.

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UNESCO Invites Comments on Updated MAB Forms [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for comments on the draft nomination and periodic review forms for biosphere reserves, which have been updated by the electronic working group chaired by Professor Robert Barbault, Chairperson of the French Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme national committee.

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