Capacity Building & Education

FAO, IPPC Launch Online Course on Forest Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat announced the launch of an online training course titled, ‘Trade in forest commodities and the role of phytosanitary measures.'

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CBD Circulates Report of Workshop for African LDCs on the Fifth National Report and GBO [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the first workshop for African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on the "preparation of the Fifth National Report and Global Biodiversity Outlook and regional scenarios," which was held from 28 January - 1 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: CBD Capacity Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Middle East and Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Biodiversity Fund, this workshop will overview the key features of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and relevant international developments, will include an exchange of experiences on steps taken towards ratification and implementation, and will identify opportunities for support toward ratification and implementation.  

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Event: Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society [viewed]

The 2013 Trondheim Conference will explore how to cut development pathways towards a sustainable society by aligning policy, business, economy and ecology borders, scales and systems. Participation in the conference is by invitation only. Each country has been invited to send two experts, one from each field of biodiversity and economy/planning. The Trondheim Conferences are a result of collaboration between the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Norwegian Government and are held every 3-4 years.  

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Reports on Administration of the CBD for April - December 2012 Available Online [viewed]

CBD4 April 2013: The 57th, 58th and 59th editions of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), covering the period from April to December 2012, have been made available online.

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UNDP-GEF Project Restores Prespa Lake Ecosystem in Macedonia [viewed]

UNDP - GEFMarch 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has collaborated with the Municipality of Resen in Macedonia to restore the Prespa lake ecosystem.

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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Outreach Materials Released in Support of First International Day of Forests [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of organizations have developed and released outreach and communications materials in support of the first International Day of Forests, an event to be held annually on 21 March. The materials focus on the key messages presented by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) with regards to: forests and air; water; biodiversity; land; forests and resilience to natural disasters; forests as a key part of the climate change solution; healthy forests, healthy people; and forests are our livelihoods, wealth.

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FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

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