Capacity Building & Education

SPC, New Zealand Train Fiji and Tuvalu Biosecurity Staff [viewed]

SPC15 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, have provided training to Fiji and Tuvalu biosecurity staff in managing risks related to trade in agricultural products.

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SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Jamaica Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Jamaica has designated the Mason River Protected Area Bird Sanctuary, as its fourth Ramsar site.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Posters on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

CBD6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for posters on biodiversity for development, to be showcased during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 11), to be held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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International Year of the Rhino Begins [viewed]

5 June 2012: With increasing concerns for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, as well as increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia announced that 5 June 2012 will be the start of the International Year of the Rhino. 

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CITES Announces GEF/UNEP-Backed Rhino Project [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced the approval by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of an innovative rhino project. The project, backed by the GEF and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will strengthen wildlife forensic capabilities in South Africa to combat wildlife crimes. 

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Spain Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

12 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Spain has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing Spain's total number of Ramsar Sites to 73, the third highest number of sites among Contracting Parties.

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Evo Morales Named FAO Special Ambassador for International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

FAO11 June 2012: At the opening of the Governing Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and alongside a special session on quinoa, Bolivian President Evo Morales was appointed as the FAO's Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

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