Cooperation & Partnerships

Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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IUCN Announces Partnership with Microsoft to Enhance Red List [viewed]

11 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, in which software developed by Microsoft will enable IUCN to begin to capture spatial information on species-specific threats.

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Event: The LVIV Forum on Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Centered on Eastern Europe and Northern and Central Asia, the forum will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with shifting to a Green Economy within the forest sector. The forum will examine lessons learned and good practices and discuss ways forward within the framework of the outcomes of Rio+20. Organizers include: the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and State Forest Resource Agency of Ukraine, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), FORZA, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Bern University of Applied Sciences – School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).  

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the Strategic Plan [viewed]

This workshop aims to build capacity and share experiences in implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in the framework of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Mexico's National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) and the Botanical Garden of the Biology Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  

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UNDP Showcases "Triple Wins" from Central Asia and Eastern Europe [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched “Empowering Lives, Building Resilience,” a publication on transformative development achievements in Central Asian and Eastern European countries. Each story included in the report demonstrates achievements over a five- to 10-year period that are substantiated by data and personal evidence.

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ASEAN-Korea Forestry Meeting Adopts Seoul Declaration [viewed]

30 August 2012: The Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded the first session of the Governing Council of the Agreement on ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation, adopting the Seoul Declaration on Forestry. The meeting also noted the establishment of the Asia Forestry Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), which will encompass the 20% of the world's tropical forests that lie within the ASEAN countries.

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Bled Strategic Forum Provides Platform to Discuss Global Challenges [viewed]

2 September 2012: The Seventh Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), held from 1-3 September 2012, in Bled, Slovenia, addressed issues including the financial crises, the Arab revolutions, China and EU challenges. Speaking during the Forum, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, discussed the challenges that limited resources – water, land, energy, oceans, raw materials, biodiversity and ecosystems – pose to the globe and the EU.

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade Appointed First Ocean Commissioner [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced the appointment of Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), as the inaugural Ocean Commissioner. Slade's appointment seeks to provide the Pacific community with a high-level spokesperson to spearhead the Pacific Oceanscape initiative.

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GLISPA Launches Online Survey [viewed]

GLIPSA27 August 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has launched an online survey on progress towards its mission. Survey questions address stakeholder opinions of GLISPA's: importance as a mechanism to promote action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods; support to partner commitments such as the Micronesia Challenge and the Caribbean Challenge; and responsiveness to partners' needs and aspirations. 

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Creating Protected Areas Fund and Financing Mechanism [viewed]

GEFJuly 2012: The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is developing a national trust fund and conservation finance mechanism for the sustainable financing of protected areas in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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