Biodiversity for Development

CIFOR Assesses Forest PES Project in Brazil [viewed]

CIFOR28 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report, titled 'Promoting Forest Stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Program - Local Livelihood Strategies and Preliminary Impacts,' which profiles the Bolsa Floresta project in Brazil, a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program targeting forest dwellers in "Sustainable Development Reserves."

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GEF-UNDP Project Conserves Marine Biodiversity, Supports Sustainable Livelihoods in Malaysia [viewed]

GEF UNDP27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

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UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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Event: Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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AHEG Discusses Future of IAF, UNFF [viewed]

Unff13 March 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the advance version of the report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG 1). AHEG 1 took place on 24-28 February 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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LAC Countries Build Momentum for Climate Agreement, Chemicals and Waste Management [viewed]

UNEP16 March 2104: The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resulted in a declaration and set of decisions to support the mainstreaming of environmental considerations into development, and establish a regional cooperation agenda to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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