Capacity Building & Education

ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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Second SOPAC Meeting Discusses Water Resources, Deep-Sea Mining [viewed]

SPC9 November 2012: The Second Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) addressed deep-sea mineral deposit mining and management of the Pacific region's fragile freshwater resources. The meeting convened from 6-9 November 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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UNEP Reports to CPR on Ecosystems Management [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP's activities related to ecosystems management, among other activities.

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Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2013 [viewed]

The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2013 will be "Water and Biodiversity;" the theme was chosen to coincide with the UN designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.  

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Ministers Stress Awareness, Education to Achieve Aichi Targets [viewed]

8 November 2012: A number of ministers identified education as a key driver in achieving the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets for Biodiversity, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD in Hyderabad, India. These ministers highlighted biodiversity awareness-raising activities and education as critical tools for producing concrete solutions to biodiversity challenges.

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UNEP Highlights Outcomes Kenya National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy [viewed]

7 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in Kenya's National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy, part of Kenya's follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The dialogue discussed options for reducing deforestation in the ecosystems serving as Kenya's water towers.

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UNEP Publishes Book on Water and Land Management in the Tana Basin [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a book, titled “Securing Water and Land in the Tana Basin: A Resource Book for Water Managers and Practitioners” providing an overview of the Tana Basin in Kenya and discussing practical solutions to improve land and water security.

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CMS Working Group Discusses Family Manual and NFP E-Community Platform [viewed]

5 November 2012: The Working Group on the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Family Manual met to review progress made in developing the capacity building tools of CMS instruments. 

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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