Capacity Building & Education

SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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GBIF, ICLEI Publish Guide on Use of Biodiversity Data [viewed]

25 May 2012: A best practice guide published by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability aims to increase awareness of the tools and protocols available to publish biodiversity data collected as part of local government planning processes.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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Future Policy Award Nominates 31 Coast and Ocean Policies [viewed]

World Future Council6 June 2012: The World Future Council, an international policy research organization, has announced its list of nominees for the Future Policy Award, including 31 policies from 22 countries and regions aiming to protect oceans and coasts.

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

UNEP4 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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GBIF Awards Target Novel Research on Species Distributions [viewed]

4 June 2012: The Science Committee of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has awarded this year's €30,000 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Nathan Swenson from the US, whose work demonstrates how occurrence data, such as those available through GBIF, can help understand the impact of climate on species distributions. The Young Researchers Awards were awarded to a PhD student from Argentina and a Master's student from Colombia for work on biogeography and species distributions.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Mariana Islands' Plastic Bag Project [viewed]

5 June 2012: The June 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the launch of the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) website, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) First Annual Green Gala.  

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Features West African Training and Research, Green Economy Map [viewed]

1 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the May 2012 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #5), including an update on the UNEP Shelf Programme and its project on training and capacity building for West African coastal States, and a map of world fisheries and marine nutrition.

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FAO Advisory Committee Calls for Enhanced Role for Forest-based Industries [viewed]

FAO24 May 2012: The Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomed the proposed new FAO strategic objectives in which forestry and forest-based products play a key role.

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