Cooperation & Partnerships

WHO, Rio Conventions Publish Report on Health and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

WHOJune 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a discussion paper on the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification, the representation of health in the three Rio Conventions, and the opportunities for more integrated and effective policy.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion to Address Cross-Cutting Themes at UNCSD [viewed]

June 2012: Occurring in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) from 13-24 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will focus on, inter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities (ILCs), ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, land, and financing for sustainable development.

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GBIF Circulates Newsletter and Science Supplement for April-May [viewed]

June 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has published its newsletter and science supplement for April-May 2012.

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GBIF, ICLEI Publish Guide on Use of Biodiversity Data [viewed]

25 May 2012: A best practice guide published by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability aims to increase awareness of the tools and protocols available to publish biodiversity data collected as part of local government planning processes.

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Botanic Gardens Launch Ecological Restoration Alliance [viewed]

21 May 2012: Responding to the Aichi Target that calls for restoring at least 15% of the world's damaged ecosystems by 2020, adopted in the framework of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), botanic gardens around the world have formed the Ecological Restoration Alliance, which plans to restore 100 damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Mariana Islands' Plastic Bag Project [viewed]

5 June 2012: The June 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the launch of the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) website, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) First Annual Green Gala.  

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FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The 43rd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF 43) will take place from 27-31 August 2012. The meeting will be preceded by a Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting and Pacific African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Leaders' Meeting. PIF 43 will include a Formal Session, Leaders' Retreat, and post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session. Also at this meeting the world's largest marine park, announced by the Cook Islands in December 2011, will be launched.  

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Africa Ecological Footprint Report Suggests Green Development Pathways [viewed]

1 June 2012: The "Africa Ecological Footprint Report: Green Infrastructure for Africa's Ecological Security," a joint report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), presents an overview of the health of Africa's ecosystems, trends in resource use and recommendations for implementing green development pathways in Africa.

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