Cooperation & Partnerships

Japan Supports ITTO/CBD Initiative on Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

25 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan have signed a letter of understanding for US$3.6 million to implement a capacity-building programme in five Congo Basin countries on sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity conservation.

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CBD Circulates Report of West African Workshop on Protected Areas [viewed]

CBD24 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the report of the first sub-regional workshop for West Africa on capacity-building for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). The workshop focused on the training of trainers using e-learning modules on the PoWPA.

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ITTO, BirdLife International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and BirdLife International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations, and facilitate implementation of their respective work programmes in tropical forests.

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Conference Addresses Role of Forests, Markets in Green Economy [viewed]

13 January 2012: A recent meeting in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) addressed the role of markets and promotion of sustainable forest management (SFM) on the pathway to a green economy. The meeting's outcomes will be used as input for both the 10th session of UNFF as well as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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Andean Community Approves Budget for 18 BioCAN Projects [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Oversight Committee for the Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, approved a budget of €4 million for 18 pilot projects during the January 2012-June 2013 period. The approved projects are expected to contribute to the development of regional biodiversity products such as the Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA), guidelines for land zoning and sustainable use of Amazonian biodiversity, and norms for wildlife management. 

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CBD Mediterranean Workshop Considers Local and National Action for Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD19 January 2012: Held from 17-19 January 2012, in Montpellier, France, the "Mediterranean Regional Workshop for Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Coordinating Local and National Action in the Mediterranean Basin" was co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the City of Montpellier, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Japan Fund for Biodiversity.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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CSOs to Nominate Observer on UNCCD's Strategy Mid-term Evaluation Working Group [viewed]

UNCCD13 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited to the UNCCD to nominate a representative to serve on the Intersessional Working Group (IWG) for the mid-term evaluation of the Strategy.

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ICRI General Meeting Adopts Resolutions on Coral Reefs and Rio+20 [viewed]

15 December 2011: The 26th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) adopted resolutions on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN). The Rio+20 resolution encourages ICRI members to support the inclusion of references to the conservation and sustainable management of all coral reefs, in the conference outcome document. The other resolution suspends ICRAN.

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