National Action

World Bank/GEF Projects Improve Water and Sanitation Services in Zhejiang Province, China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF6 November 2012: The World Bank has reported on two projects that were supported jointly with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and helped improve access to safe and reliable water for 2.5 million people in Ningbo City and increase wastewater treatment from 10% to 65.4% for one million people in Cixi City, in China.

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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UNEP Releases Report on the Costs of Deforestation to the Kenyan Economy [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Forest Service have launched a report on the impacts of deforestation on the Kenyan economy. The report, which is titled “The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy,” quantifies the negative effects of deforestation and formulates recommendations, including mainstreaming payment for ecosystem services.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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Western Indian Ocean States Commit to Resource Mobilization for WIO-CC [viewed]

28 October 2012: Participants in the second technical workshop of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) adopted a declaration committing to fulfill the WIO-CC, including by addressing the need for a resource mobilization and sustainable finance strategy that includes private sector engagement. Representatives from Comoros, France (Réunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania (Zanzibar) attended the workshop, held from 22-26 October 2012, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Ministerial Conference Calls for Intensified Implementation of Global Tiger Recovery Program [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation brought together ministers and representatives of 13 tiger range countries to review achievements since the 2010 Tiger summit, and to reaffirm their commitment to doubling the tiger population by the next Year of Tiger in 2022. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan, in coordination with the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative (GTI).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for African Least Developed Countries on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen capacities of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for preparing their fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which are due by 31 March 2014, specifically in assessing the status and trends of biodiversity, reviewing implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and measuring progress towards the 2020 Aichi targets.  

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Event: CBD Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa [viewed]

Established during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Ocean Initiative provides a global platform to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity in a holistic manner. This workshop will showcase regional experiences focusing on West Africa, covering ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, and integrated marine and coastal area management towards achieving Targets 6 and 11 in a holistic manner.  

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Event: CBD South-Eastern Atlantic Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This workshop aims to: facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) through application of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) scientific criteria and other relevant criteria, as well as the scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction; collate, review, analyze and synthesize relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system; and compile and produce regional EBSA reports for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). The workshop will focus on the South-Eastern Atlantic region.  

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Biodiversity Champions [viewed]

October 2012: During the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and the Government of India made strong calls to Parties, partners and other stakeholders to become "biodiversity champions" by pledging support to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets.

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