National Action

Ramsar Reports on Seychelles Atoll Supported by Solar Energy [viewed]

25 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a project that is providing off-grid renewable energy to the Aldabra Atoll, a Ramsar and World Heritage Site in Seychelles. The Atoll used to rely on diesel fuel shipped to the island.

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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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WRI Releases Report on "Reefs at Risk" in Coral Triangle [viewed]

July 2012: The World Resources Institute (WRI), together with the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), have released a reported titled “Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle.” The report was adapted from WRI's 2011 global analysis of threats to coral reefs, titled "Reefs at Risk Revisited," supplemented with additional information and data for the Coral Triangle region. The report was released at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, taking place from 9-13 July 2012, in Cairns, Australia.

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UNESCO Identifies Potential World Heritage Marine Sites in Western Indian Ocean [viewed]

UNESCOJuly 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report assessing potential World Heritage marine sites in the Western Indian Ocean from an ecosystem perspective. The report was developed in anticipation of increased global interest in designating new marine World Heritage sites, and with the aim of piloting a more scientific and robust approach to identifying marine sites of potential Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).

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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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