National Action

Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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World Bank Supports Integrated Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation in Morocco [viewed]

5 July 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$5.2 million pilot project to apply integrated coastal zone management in the coasts of Morocco through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.

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CROP Receives New Support for Regional Projects [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Council of the Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) has received a donation of US$500,000 from the Taiwan/ROC Regional Development Assistance Fund for 2011/2012, for the support and implementation of CROP agencies' regional projects. These projects address education and capacity building, regional aviation safety, fisheries, marine and water management, and the Smaller Island States (SIS) programmes.

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UNCCD Announces Winners of Inaugural Land for Life Award [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced three winners of its first “Land for Life Award," highlighting community organizations that demonstrate tangible evidence of combating land degradation and promoting sustainable land management.

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Event: Asian Regional Workshop on Reflecting the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Singapore Botanical Gardens, this workshop will consider the need for and approaches towards reflecting national plant conservation targets in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) as these are being updated in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan.  

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Event: Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regions on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will assist countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in revising and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan. The workshop will also address: the use of indicators to monitor biodiversity at national and regional levels for monitoring progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and the use of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation that include conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as part of an overall adaptation strategy to reduce direct pressures on and promote sustainable use of biodiversity.  

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Event: Regional Workshop for Caribbean Region on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will assist countries from the Caribbean Region in revising and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan.  

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CTI Paper Outlines Strategic Links With Rio+20 Themes [viewed]

4 July 2012: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has produced a white paper arguing that strategies to achieve CTI objectives also have been effective in achieving commitments from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and now offer an opportunity to deliver on new emerging priorities from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ECLAC, UN-Water Release Report on Water and Green Economy in LAC [viewed]

21 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN-Water have released a report on water and the green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report draws on presentations and discussions held during the LAC sessions of the International Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20," held from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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