Capacity Building & Education

BioCAN Holds Training Workshop for Amazon Environmental Information Platform [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Andean Community's biodiversity program, BioCAN, provided training for the environmental authorities of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as well as the staff of national teams responsible for building the Community's Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA). Participants exchanged experiences and agreed on protocols and tools for managing information on biodiversity and environment in the Amazonian regions of the Andean Community (CAN).

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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ITTO Awards 28 Fellowships in Sustainable Tropical Forestry [viewed]

26 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 28 fellowships to promote human resource development and strengthen professional expertise in tropical forestry. The fellowships support recipients to pursue training courses in tropical forest management, graduate-level research, internships and attendance of international conferences and symposia, among other activities.

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Event: Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life [viewed]

From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.  

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Denmark Designates Three Ramsar Sites in Faroe Islands [viewed]

23 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Denmark has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance in the Faroe Islands.

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UNDP Reports on Raising Awareness of Lake Poyang Pollution [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has highlighted the outcomes of its collaboration with the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF) to raise awareness on water pollution in China's Lake Poyang.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

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UNFF Launches Short Film Contest [viewed]

22 June 2012: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, has launched a short film contest titled "Forests for People." It invites everyone to participate by creating a personal, 90-second film about their relationship to the forest, including how it "contributes to your life, or even makes it possible." 

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Spain-UNEP Partnership on Protected Areas Highlighted at Rio+20 [viewed]

UNEP20 June 2012: A side event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on "Protecting the Protected Areas: Partnering to Expand the Most Precious 17 Percent of the Planet," featured the Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Partnership for Protected Areas in support of the LifeWeb Initiative.

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UNEP Launches Global Marine Litter Partnership [viewed]

UNEP19 June 2012: In an effort to tackle the damage caused by marine litter on the environment, livelihoods and human health, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Partnership on Marine Litter on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).   

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