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Norway to Support UNEP GRID-Arendal for Next 10 Years [viewed]

7 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNEP committing to continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years.

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Features Update on SAICM Implementation [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Senegal [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will host discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies. The event will include exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, synergies in project design, as well as discussions on the GEF 2020 Strategy, the new GEF Fee Policy, and Project Cycle harmonization. The registration deadline for civil society participants is 17 February 2013.  

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

The objectives of the workshop will be to: launch the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the East and South African region; take stock of the status, needs and priorities of soil activities; and jointly define a roadmap for establishing the African Soil Partnership. Apart from the establishment of the Regional Soil Partnership, the workshop is expected to produce a joint report portraying the main needs and priorities of sustainable soil management in the different countries, as an input for a plan of action to be implemented by the partnership. The core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region.  

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CMS and NOAA Sign LOC for Conservation of Migratory Marine Species [viewed]

12 February 2013: The US' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Department of Commerce/NOAA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) have signed a renewed Letter of Cooperation (LOC) in the conservation and management of migratory marine species and their habitats.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Nomination of Biodiversity Experts for Participation in LEG Training Workshop on Adaptation [viewed]

CBD - UNFCCC6 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is collaborating with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include participation of biodiversity experts in the upcoming regional training workshop on adaptation for Francophone Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Cambodia [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will host discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies. The event will include exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, synergies in project design, as well as discussions on the GEF 2020 Strategy, the new GEF Fee Policy, and the Project Cycle harmonization. The registration deadline for civil society participants is 1 March 2013.  

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SPREP Calls on Pacific Communities to Assist in Tracking Sea Turtles [viewed]

SPREP13 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Pacific communities to assist with ongoing efforts to track over 15,000 sea turtles in the region. Communities are asked to report turtle sightings, along with turtle tracking information to SPREP.

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GWF Discussion Paper Highlights Role of Bark Beetle Infestations in Water Quality Decline [viewed]

12 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has issued a discussion paper titled “Bark Beetle Infestations Affect Water Quality in the Rocky Mountains of North America,” by Eric Dickenson, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Reed Maxwell, John McCray, Jonathan Sharp and Kristin Mikkelson, Colorado School of Mines.

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CMS Participates in Human-Wildlife Health Interface Conference [viewed]

12 February 2013:  The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat recently attended a conference titled "A World United Against Infectious Diseases: Cross Sectoral Solutions” on the linkages between human and wildlife health.

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