National Action

EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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UNEP Delivers Recommendations for Environmental Legacy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games [viewed]

12 July 2012: To guide the Government of the Russian Federation and the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in taking environmental considerations into their preparations and staging, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) delivered recommendations to Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy, including on restoring fisheries in the Mzymta River, extending national park protection, and developing an information and monitoring system for the environment.

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GEF Reports Success of Organic Food Production Project in Zimbabwe [viewed]

12 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) presented the results of a Small Grants Programme (SGP) project to promote organic farming practices for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and biodiversity conservation in selected rural and urban communities in Zimbabwe.

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UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO11 July 2012: At its 24th session, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added 20 new sites, including two transboundary sites, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries.

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Event: 24th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme [viewed]

This session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will carry out an evaluation of the Madrid Action Plan (MAP) and review proposals for new biosphere reserves as well as for extensions/modifications to existing ones.  

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Canary Islands Biosphere Reserves Increase Energy and Water Efficiency [viewed]

UNESCO9 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO) has reported on projects carried out in the Canary Islands that aim to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce water stress. The activities are taking place in sites that are part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (UNESCO-MAB). 

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FAO, Brazil Launch Joint Promotion of Agro-Environmental Policies in LAC [viewed]

FAO6 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Brazil have initiated a technical cooperation project to strengthen agro-environmental policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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GEF SGP Presents Results of Bird Conservation in Zambia [viewed]

2 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project to expand protected areas for migrating bird species in Zambia. GEF reports that as a result of the Mutulanganga Important Bird Areas (IBA) Conservation and Community Eco-Tourism Initiatives project, the area of the IBA has more than doubled to 62,000 hectares, providing an additional 35,000 hectares of undisturbed natural habitat for migrating birds and other species in the region.

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CAMBio Promotes Experience Exchange Among Financial Institutions [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) gathered seven national financial institutions participating in the Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to exchange examples of success in financing biodiversity-friendly commercial initiatives.

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