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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

UNEP4 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Mariana Islands' Plastic Bag Project [viewed]

5 June 2012: The June 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the launch of the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) website, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) First Annual Green Gala.  

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SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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World Bank Publishes Paper on Inclusive Green Growth in LAC [viewed]

31 May 2012: The World Bank has released a new publication on inclusive green growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), highlighting experiences in promoting low-carbon growth within the region.

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Bhutan Joins Ramsar, Designates Two Wetlands of International Importance [viewed]

31 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Bhutan has ratified the Ramsar Convention, which will come into force for Bhutan on 7 September 2012, making Bhutan Ramsar's 161st Contracting Party.

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The 43rd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF 43) will take place from 27-31 August 2012. The meeting will be preceded by a Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting and Pacific African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Leaders' Meeting. PIF 43 will include a Formal Session, Leaders' Retreat, and post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session. Also at this meeting the world's largest marine park, announced by the Cook Islands in December 2011, will be launched.  

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Zimbabwe Joins CMS and AEWA [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the accession of Zimbabwe as the 117th Party to the Convention. Zimbabwe also acceded to the Agreement on African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), bringing its membership to 66.

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UNDP Announces Accomplishments in India Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNDP31 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tamil Nadu have reported on results of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), which receives financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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US Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

30 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the US Government has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, both effective as of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2012.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fourth Ramsar Site, 2000th Worldwide [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated Tram Chim National Park as its fourth Ramsar site.

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