Cooperation & Partnerships

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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FAO and FEM Announce Partnership for European Mountain Forests [viewed]

FAO7 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) have announced a partnership to strengthen knowledge and capacity for sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe.

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates New Issue of Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

square-bracketsOctober 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the eighth issue of [square brackets], the CBD newsletter for civil society, with a special focus on enhancing stakeholder engagement and the emergence of biocultural rights under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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SPC Pacific Forestry Meeting Focuses on REDD+, Food Security and Trade [viewed]

SPC29 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), convened the Pacific Regional Forestry Technical Meeting under the theme 'Sustainable Forest Management for a Resilient Future in the Pacific Region.'

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