Capacity Building & Education

International Year of Forests Closes with Awards Ceremony [viewed]

9 February 2012: The International Year of Forests 2011 (IYF) came to an end with closing speeches and an awards ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and hosted by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat.

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Event: 2012 International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

The theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity is marine biodiversity.  

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World Bank Institute Sponsors Training for Tiger Protection in Thailand [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2012: The World Bank Institute (WBI) is supporting the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) through a tiger conservation program in Thailand, which focuses on patrolling and mapping threat levels, as well as training conservation professionals to aid in these efforts.

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Future Policy Awards Announces Ocean and Coast Protection as Theme for 2012 [viewed]

7 February 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will present the Future Policy Award 2012 to the most effective ocean and coast preservation policy, in order to raise global awareness about original and impressive ideas for environmental policy change.

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CMS, Wild Camel Protection Foundation Launch Educational Project to Save Wild Camels [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Secretariat and the Wild Camel Protection Foundation have launched a project to help raise public awareness on the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus ferus) and its ecological role for the deserts of Mongolia and China.

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SPREP Publishes Booklet on Dugong Conservation [viewed]

2 February 2012: Profiles of dugongs from each range State in the Pacific are the subject of a booklet recently published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Titled "Lady of the Sea: Dugongs: Respect and Protect," the publication also gives an overview of dugongs and conservation measures in place to conserve them.

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CIFOR Examines Role of Indonesian Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an information brief, titled "Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia," which calls for research to address information and communication gaps related to land use and carbon dynamics.

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Event: Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on Agriculture Biotechnology in Africa [viewed]

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are hosting a stakeholder consultation meeting to present and discuss the findings and recommendations of a study on agriculture biotechnology for Africa. It is expected that participants will prioritize key areas to be addressed, as well as identify and agree on roles, responsibilities and resources needed to enhance support for data collection, capacity building, renewed cooperation on biotechnology in the region, and outreach and communication to the public at large.  

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GEF Greenline Newsletter Showcases Project Results in Asia and Africa [viewed]

GEF3 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released the January issue of its Greenline Newsletter, featuring articles on adaptation projects in the Himalayas and Bhutan, a new interactive project tracking tool, and findings of the GEF Evaluation office, among others.

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CBD Invites Action Plans for PoWPA Implementation [viewed]

CBD26 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested Parties to submit action plans for the implementation of the CBD programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA).

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