Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Soil Day [viewed]

At its 144th meeting, held from 11-15 June 2012, the FAO Council adopted a decision requesting the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. To recognize the Day, an event focused on "Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: A day dedicated to soils" will be organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, to raise awareness on the importance of soils in achieving food security, as well as their pivotal role for providing a range of ecosystem services. World Soil Day was first proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002.  

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CCCCC, CARIBSAVE Launch Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Project [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative ("C-FISH"), a four-year (2012-2016) project on the management of 15 community-based "no take" zones or marine reserves in five Caribbean countries, was launched on 9 November 2012, in Bluefields, Jamaica.

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Event: CBD Southest Asia Workshop on Reflecting the GSPC in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Singapore Botanical Gardens, with financial support from Japan, this workshop will focus on the need for and approaches towards reflecting national plant conservation targets established under the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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FAO Report Highlights Links between Mitigation and Adaptation, and Forests and Trees [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting its contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests.

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CARICOM Assesses Biodiversity-Related Statistics and Indicators [viewed]

CARICOM23 November 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is consulting Community member governments to assess the current state of national environmental statistics collection, management, and dissemination. The focus is on statistics related to agriculture and land use, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, and forestry. 

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Workshops, Group of Experts Contributing to World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

November 2012: Throughout 2012, a series of workshops have been held to contribute a regional perspective and content for the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA). 

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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CEE Releases Outcome Document on Education for Biodiversity [viewed]

November 2012: The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has released an Outcome Document on Education and Biodiversity Conservation, which was adopted at the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Document outlines recommendations on an ESD strategic plan of action within the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

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Event: Technical Workshop on Managing Living Soils [viewed]

The objective of this workshop for the Global Soil Partnership will be to review the state of the art in regard to soil management across the world and within each region, drawing on: participants' knowledge of the status and trends in specific countries and contexts; practical experiences; and case studies, including relevant processes or mechanisms that can be built on or scaled up to support sustainable soil management. Technical, institutional, financial and policy issues and constraints and opportunities will be discussed as the basis for identifying priorities and future actions for a proposed Plan of Action for Pillar 1 of the Global Soil Partnership on promoting sustainable management of soil resources worldwide. The target audience for this workshop is the global community engaged in soil management for different land uses including representatives of governments, academic and research fora and development partners from each region, as well as civil society organisations and private sector bodies. The timing of the event, coinciding with the celebrations of the World Soil Day, is hoped to help raise awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the provision of other ecosystem services. The workshop is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC/EC).  

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IW:LEARN, UNECA Workshop Discusses GEF International Waters Projects in Africa [viewed]

16 November 2012: A workshop organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (IW:LEARN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently discussed GEF International Waters (IW) projects in Africa.

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