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ITPGR Secretary Takes Stock of Ten Years of Implementation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published the March 2012 edition of its Leading the Field newsletter, which features an article by ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti on the Treaty's first ten years of implementation.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Coordinating Office on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this workshop seeks to: provide decision makers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services; and support the revision and review of national biodiversity strategies and action plans in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Regional Development Banks Support Community-Based Sustainable Businesses [viewed]

29 March 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund (known as FOMIN in Spanish), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and The Nature Conservancy have launched the second stage of a fund aimed at supporting sustainable community living and business ventures in Latin America.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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ITTO Supports Development of Forest Planning Model in Guyana [viewed]

March 2012: The Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES) Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has provided support to Guyana to develop a high-level decision support model for forestry.

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Issues Final Report [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.

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Oceania Wetlands Meeting Highlights Palau Green Fee [viewed]

27 March 2012: The success of the Palau Green Fee, an added departure tax, was discussed at the fifth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention).

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UN-REDD Reviews its 2011 Activities [viewed]

26 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has launched its "2011 Year in Review" report, which provides an overview of the Programme's achievements at the national and international levels on activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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