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SPREP Announces Biodiversity Project for Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP3 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the inception of a US$1.7 million project on the conservation of biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project activities will use an ecosystem-based management approach, emphasizing the connectivity between systems including the land, sea and people.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Land Management in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$18 million credit and US$4.4 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to provide funding for a programme in Moldova aimed at supporting the competitiveness of the agro-food sector.

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World Bank Reports Results of Mercury Decontamination in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank30 April 2012: The World Bank and the Government of Kazakhstan have reported on success in cleaning up contaminated mercury sites through an initiative to reduce mercury contamination in industrial sites and the Nura's riverbanks and flood plains.

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Seychelles Fourth Country to Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 April 2012, Seychelles became the fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Island Conservation Retreat, Endorsement of Palau's Water Policy [viewed]

1 May 2012: The May 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: the outcomes of the 15th Micronesian Island Conservation (MIC) Retreat; and the endorsement of Palau's first National Water Policy by its President, Johnson Toribiong.

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France Designates Caribbean Nature Reserve as 41st Ramsar Site [viewed]

1 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated its 41st Wetland of International Importance, a Protected Biotope and Nature Reserve on the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, and called "Zones humides et marines de Saint-Martin."  

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UNEP, Ambassadors and Experts Discuss Developments in Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with partners including ambassadors, international experts and researchers from Columbia University took part in a dialogue that highlighted a proposal on natural resource governance and transparency. The panel, held on 24 April 2012, in New York, US, was part of a week-long series of events on peacebuilding and natural resources convened in New York for political missions, UN staff, experts, and researchers.

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GBIF Highlights Achievements in Access to Biodiversity Data [viewed]

23 April 2012: In its 2011 annual report, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) looks at current achievements and compares them with the original aims of the body.

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FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

23 April 2012: The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) addressed: developing innovative approaches to invest in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and sharing views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor REDD+ investment results.

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Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference Focuses on Communication [viewed]

22 April 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people.

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