Cooperation & Partnerships

FAO Calls for Partnerships to Address Global Aquaculture Demand [viewed]

FAO15 October 2013: At the seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (COFI AQ), over 50 countries endorsed a Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme to bring together a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders to find sustainable aquaculture solutions.

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Ramsar, UNESCO-IHE Establish the Ramsar Chair for the 'Wise Use of Wetlands' [viewed]

ramsar-unesco15 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that it signed an agreement with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) and Charles Sturt University establishing the Ramsar Chair for the 'Wise Use of Wetlands' during the Budapest High Level Water Summit.

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Event: CBD Global Workshop on Reviewing Progress and Building Capacity for the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Revision Process [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its implementing agencies, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Development Programme (UNDP), this global workshop targets primarily the GEF Enabling Activity (EA) project coordinators. It will comprise a number of parallel modules on themes focused on aspects of planning and development of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) that have been identified as the most in need of technical support, including: biodiversity information management; strategic target setting; mainstreaming; and resource mobilization.  

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Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Calls for Greater Private Sector Cooperation [viewed]

Asean4 October 2013: Participants at the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Parks Conference in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, called for the sustainable management of protected areas, along with increased cooperation with the private sector in conserving and managing biodiversity, based on the appropriate valuation of natural resources.

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ADB, International Rice Research Institute Collaborate on Climate-Resilient Rice [viewed]

ADB25 September 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop climate-resilient rice, as part of efforts to boost productivity in water-scarce and drought-prone areas. A first technical assistance project resulted in a yield increase of up to 30% with reduced water use.

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ICRI Announces New Draft Strategy to Curb Lionfish Invasions [viewed]

ICRI11 October 2013: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) announced that the Regional Lionfish Committee (RLC), also known as Ad Hoc Committee for the Caribbean Regional Response to the Lionfish Invasion, has coordinated the development of a regional Strategy to guide action by stakeholders concerned with, and impacted by, the lionfish invasion. 

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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STAP Convenes Experts to Discuss Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

stap-participants3 October 2013: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has organized a meeting to discuss biodiversity mainstreaming and share lessons and best practices from the last decade, with the goal of informing future biodiversity mainstreaming activities.

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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EMG Agrees to Actions on Environmental and Social Responsibility, Biodiversity, Land, the Green Economy and Chemicals [viewed]

UNEPOctober 2013: Hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the nineteenth senior officials meeting (SOM19) of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 19 September in New York, the US. The senior officials agreed to actions on the framework for environmental and social responsibility, biodiversity, land, the green economy and chemicals.

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