Capacity Building & Education

Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Capacity Building for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will develop a draft strategic framework for capacity building and development in support of the effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol).  

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IPPC Releases Report of Capacity Building Development Committee [viewed]

IPPCJanuary 2013: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has released the report of the first meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) and an updated version of the IPPC National Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy.

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Event: International Day of Forests [viewed]

The International Day of Forests will be observed for the first time on 21 March 2013. Considering that there was no globally-recognized date commemorating and raising awareness on this issue, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution in December 2012, on the recommendation of its Second Committee, proclaiming 21 March the annual International Day of Forests. The text encourages member States to organize annual events on forests and trees outside forests, including, for example, tree-planting campaigns. The draft requests the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) to act as the facilitator of the International Day in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and other relevant organizations.  

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Quarterly Report [viewed]

CBD15 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the 56th edition of the Quarterly Report of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities in implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant matters during the period 1 January - 31 March 2012.

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GRASP Challenges TV Personality to Better Inform Viewers on Palm Oil [viewed]

21 January 2013: Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) ambassadors Jane Goodall and Richard Wrangham challenged popular television host Mehmet Oz to clarify his endorsement of red palm fruit oil so that consumers might appreciate the negative impacts of unsustainable palm oil cultivation on great apes and their habitat.

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UNEP, GRID-Arendal Report on Abidjan Convention Sustainable Seas Pilot Workshop [viewed]

13 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal released a report on the Abidjan Convention “Sustainable Seas” pilot workshop, which focused on developing capacity for sustainable management of the marine environment in coastal communities from Mauritania to South Africa.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) - Cambodia [viewed]

This Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Cambodia brings together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies. Building on the success of the first two years of ECWs in 2011 and 2012, the third session will further strengthen participants knowledge of GEF-5 strategies, programs, policies and procedures. Countries involved in this workshop include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.  

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Event: Cambodia's Second GEF National Dialogue to Share Lessons, Identify GEF-6 Priorities [viewed]

Cambodia's Second Global Environmental Facility (GEF) National Dialogue brings together government agencies, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector and GEF Agencies to take stock of Cambodia's GEF Portfolio and share lessons from the Fourth and Fifth GEF Replenishments (GEF-4 and GEF-5). Participants will also learn about GEF strategies, policies and procedures and identify GEF-6 priorities and processes through a multi-stakeholder process.  

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands [viewed]

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

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