Cooperation & Partnerships

Draft TEEB Report on Water and Wetlands Released [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), has released the final consultation draft of a briefing note, titled "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands." The draft was released as a contribution to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Hyderabad, India.

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UN Commemorates World Food Day, Launches Report on Avoiding Famines [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN celebrated World Food Day on 16 October under the theme of “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” drawing inspiration from the observance of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.

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CGIAR-CBD Partnership Focuses on Tree Diversity and the Aichi Targets [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) forest, trees and agroforestry research program and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to reduce the rate of deforestation by half and ensure the sustainable management of forestry systems.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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ITTO/CBD Launch Tropical Forest Biodiversity Project in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO, addresses the launching ceremony.1 October 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the third phase of a trans-boundary biodiversity conservation project covering the three Mekong River Basin countries - Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Thailand - known collectively as the Emerald Triangle.

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FAO and AgriCord Highlight Successful Forest Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO4 October 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), along with AgriCord, Farmers Fighting Poverty, and the Forest and Farm Facility have released a report on what makes a forest producer organization successful. “Strength in Numbers: Effective Forest Producer Organizations” compiles case studies on developing organizational strength, creating networks, lobbying and policy-making, and developing business opportunities.

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Event: Global Island Partnership Annual Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 2013 Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Annual Steering Committee will focus on GLISPA governance and its goals and priorities as they relate to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.  

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Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Ministers Endorse Regional REDD+ Framework [viewed]

SPC1 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced that the Third Regional Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, which convened on 28 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji, endorsed the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation and forest conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Shark Protection in FSM [viewed]

1 October 2012: The October 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, highlights the establishment of shark protected waters in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It also recognizes Palau as the winner of the 2012 Future Policy Award for its marine policies.

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CBD Technical Study Focuses on ICCAs [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report highlighting the values and benefits of indigenous peoples' and local communities' conserved territories and areas (ICCAs). It stresses that formal recognition of ICCAs should be appropriate to the local situation and adequate to local requirements.

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