Cooperation & Partnerships

SPREP Releases Annual Meeting Outcomes [viewed]

SPREP20 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted the key outcomes of its 23rd Annual Meeting, which convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 30 August-8 September 2012. The meeting addressed four key areas: ocean conservation and management; renewable energy; financing for biodiversity and climate change; and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News [viewed]

18 September 2012: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Li Congjun, President Xinhua News Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spread news regarding land restoration globally.

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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PROFOR Highlights Success in Revenue Sharing from Protected Forest [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) has highlighted the case of revenue sharing from a protected area in Tanzania, as the third in an ongoing series of stories on benefit-sharing from forest conservation, titled "What it Takes." Implemented by CARE International, the project in Zanzibar paid local communities to refrain from killing monkeys and collecting wood illegally.

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Nairobi Convention Focal Points Discuss Management of WIO Region [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: The Focal Points Forum Meeting of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region (Nairobi Convention) met in Maputo, Mozambique, on 9 August 2012. The meeting focused on implementation of the Nairobi Convention, and preparations for the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 7), scheduled to convene in December 2012.

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CAN Nations Define Plans to Strengthen Deforestation Monitoring [viewed]

August 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, has convened delegates from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to define national plans to strengthen capacities in monitoring land cover, deforestation and environmental degradation, and agreed to promote the development of methodological processes and reports on deforestation for the Andean subregion.

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Event: Western Pacific Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The objective of this UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgnization (UNESCO) organized workshop is to strengthen and promote regional cooperation towards the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment, and build capacity of member countries in the development of integrated marine assessments.  

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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Event: Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development [viewed]

The Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will take place from 29-30 November 2012, in Beirut, Lebanon. Expected topics of discussion include: ecological deficits in Arab countries; population demands on natural capital; environmental performance of Arab countries; comparison of ecological footprints to gross domestic product (GDP); achieving sustainability during expected population growth; and regional cooperation. AFED will release its 2012 annual report, “Ecological Footprint and Survival Options in Arab Countries,” during this annual conference. This report is the fifth annual report about the Arab environment published by AFED since 2008. The report findings will be presented and debated to facilitate discussion on further policy recommendations and implementation action.  

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Event: Cities for Life: Cities' and Sub-national Governments' Biodiversity Summit [viewed]

Held on the margins of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this event is expected to discuss activities undertaken in the framework of the CBD plan of action on sub-national governments, cities and other local authorities for biodiversity.  

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