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Event: Second Independent Scientific Workshop on Assessments in IPBES [viewed]

The Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in cooperation with the UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and UN University International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP). This workshop will seek to help develop an IPBES and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy. The outcomes of this workshop will be proposed to the second session of a plenary meeting on IPBES, to be held in April 2012.  

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Event: GEF SGP Regional Workshop for Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will hold this workshop for Pacific countries.  

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Satoyama 4 Features Views on Connections between CBD and Rio+20 [viewed]

February 2012: The fourth issue of Satoyama, a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), contains articles by Heads of State and leaders of international organizations, as well as senior officials. The authors highlight, inter alia: the importance of biodiversity in the sustainable development agenda; human-influenced forces behind biodiversity loss; and collaborations between environmental organizations.

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UNEP, UNDP, WRI Launch Primer on Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Solutions into Poverty-Environment Challenges [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-UN Development Programme (UNDP) Poverty-Environment Initiative and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have launched a primer seeking to assist development practitioners in communicating to policy makers about the potential for positive poverty and environmental outcomes at the local level, when environmental mainstreaming efforts at the national and sectoral levels succeed.

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GEF SGP Helps Establish Biological Corridor in Turkey [viewed]

30 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), reported its success in supporting a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in proposing and creating Turkey's first biological corridor between two important global biodiversity hotspots.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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GEF SGP Supports Tobago's Coral Reef Protection [viewed]

23 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project to support local organizations in Tobago to protect coral reefs and marine biodiversity, which was implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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GEF Holds Familiarization Seminar on Biological Diversity for Public Officials [viewed]

GEF19 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) hosted its annual Familiarization Seminar, which included the participation of GEF's Implementing Agencies and featured presentations on GEF programs, policies and procedures as well as on funding opportunities. This year's seminar was focused on Biological Diversity, and aimed to build capacity to access GEF funds

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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UN-REDD Launches Multiple Benefits Mapping Toolbox [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has developed an ArcGIS toolbox for multiple benefits analyses under reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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