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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: International Virtual Congress on Green Economy and Socio-productive Inclusion: The Role of Family Agriculture [viewed]

Brazil's Ministry of Agricultural Development, with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), will hold a "virtual congress" aimed at providing a platform for civil society and the general public to discuss sustainable development issues related to family agriculture with experts, researchers and public sector managers. The discussions will be synthesized into a special report that will be presented to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The virtual conference will feature two broad conferences on the themes of "green economy" and "socio-productive inclusion," while specialized forums will be provided on three thematic axes: rural sustainable development (including poverty and the role of women); natural resources and food sovereignty (including water and land management, desertification and climate change); and sustainable consumption and production.  

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Event: Review of the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa [viewed]

Organized by the NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme (NFFP), on a suggestion made at the 16th Session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) to assess the CIFAA's role as a Regional Fishery Body (RFB), delegates will review the issues, constraints and opportunities for CIFAA, discuss possible solutions to contraints on CIFAA's effectiveness, identify key areas for CIFAA, and recommend future steps to be taken.  

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Event: Eighth UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The eighth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting will be held from 25-26 March 2012. It will be followed by a joint meeting of the governing bodies of the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), on 27 March 2012.  

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SEI, UNEP Release Report on Water Resources and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

12 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have released a report titled “Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services.” The report focuses on the need to recognize the ecosystem services provided by wetlands and forests, to improve livelihoods and meet rising water demands.  

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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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