Capacity Building & Education

International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

22 May 2012: Celebrated on 22 May 2012, the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity was marine biodiversity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the day by highlighting the fragile state of the world's oceans, and urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

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Experts Discuss Substance, Process of SDGs at UNGA Debate on Rio+20 [viewed]

22 May 2012: One month before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly discussed two key issues for the “Road to Rio+20 and Beyond.”

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ITTO, Chinese Academy of Forestry Collaborate on Sustainable Forestry Training [viewed]

21 May 2012: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Zhang Shougong, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on international forestry training for ITTO member countries.

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World Bank Approves Support for Desertification Control in China [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$80 million loan in support of the Desertification Control and Ecological Protection Project, with the aim of supporting the control of desertification and land degradation, as well as protecting farmland and infrastructure in Ningxia, China.

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the GTI to Address IAS and to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets in East and South East Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, this workshop aims to build capacity to address invasive alien species (IAS) and to support implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in order to integrate activities related to the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI), as needed, into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in East and South East Asia.  

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ACTO Launches Project to Monitor Amazon Deforestation and Land Use Changes [viewed]

ACTO18 May 2012: The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) has formally launched a four-year project to strengthen the capacity of its eight Member States to monitor and generate information about deforestation in the Amazon.

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Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production [viewed]

FAO17 May 2012: During the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed US$66.7 million to implement Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) technical assistance projects in the areas of transfer of technology, sustainable natural resource management including for water and forests, sustainable crop production and capacity building, among others.

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IUCN SSC Provides Recommendations on Biological Invasions to Rio+20 [viewed]

17 May 2012: In a new policy brief, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) discusses the threat of invasive species to food security, human health and biodiversity. In the interest of more stringent policies on invasive alien species (IAS), the brief issues recommendations to decision makers at the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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PII Delivers Training Course on Managing Invasive Species [viewed]

16 May 2012: The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) has developed an intensive training course to support Pacific countries in managing the threat of invasive species. Countries with invasive species projects under the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program (GEF-PAS) are eligible for the training.

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African Workshop Prepares Position for AEWA MOP 5 [viewed]

15 May 2012: The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) African preparatory workshop to the fifth Meeting of the Parties to the AEWA (MOP 5) helped consolidate common positions on issues of relevance to Africa. The workshop included joint capacity building activities for AEWA and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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