National Action

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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ITPGR Multilateral System Gets Moroccan Wheat Accessions [viewed]

April 2012: The Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) received 351 new wheat accessions that were evaluated during a project implemented in Morocco and funded by the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Eighth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

18 April 2012: The March/April issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter provides updates on progress in implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in a number of countries.

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CIFOR Report Examines Gender, Tenure and Sustainable Forest Management in Uganda [viewed]

April 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report documenting how women have been able to participate in community forest decision making in Uganda in the context of a series of national efforts toward the devolution of forest rights.

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FAO Funds Radio Series to Promote Community Forest Management [viewed]

FAO18 April 2012: The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is funding public education and outreach to promote community involvement in forest management in the Caribbean. Activities funded include "Bush Melee," a radio magazine broadcast across the airwaves on St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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GEF Supports Sustainable Forest Management in Cameroon [viewed]

World Bank - GEF5 April 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$3.5 million grant to support conservation and sustainable management of the Ngoyla-Mintom Forest in Cameroon.

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