Capacity Building & Education

SPREP Hosts Invasive Species Meeting in Kiribati [viewed]

27 March 2012: Management and control of invasive alien species in the Pacific Islands region was discussed at the Third Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) meeting, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, from 22-27 March 2012. Kirimati Island is the biggest nesting and breeding ground of Pacific seabirds, and one of the main port entries to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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Experts Call for Raising Awareness of Impacts of Overfishing [viewed]

26 April 2012: A panel of experts on the sustainable management of oceans and fisheries underlined the impacts of overfishing, calling for raising awareness of the issue during a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 26 April 2012.

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UNCCD Invites Applications for African Journalists Workshop [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is organizing a series of regional media workshops on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and has recently called for applications from African journalists specialized in the environment.

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Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference Focuses on Communication [viewed]

22 April 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people.

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ITPGR Multilateral System Gets Moroccan Wheat Accessions [viewed]

April 2012: The Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) received 351 new wheat accessions that were evaluated during a project implemented in Morocco and funded by the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Eighth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

18 April 2012: The March/April issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter provides updates on progress in implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in a number of countries.

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FAO Funds Radio Series to Promote Community Forest Management [viewed]

FAO18 April 2012: The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is funding public education and outreach to promote community involvement in forest management in the Caribbean. Activities funded include "Bush Melee," a radio magazine broadcast across the airwaves on St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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CaMPAM Announces Learning Exchanges for Best Marine Practices [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) has announced the launch of a project aimed at supporting learning exchanges among marine protected areas (MPA) staff and fishers from the Dominican Republic, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, and Antigua and Barbuda, as well as other Caribbean countries.

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IUCN Conservation Oceania Highlights Activities on Climate Change and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

March 2012: The March issue of the monthly update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) news in the Oceania Region features articles on: the Declaration by Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders on environment and climate change issues; new solar home systems in Tonga; and a workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing Arising from their Utilization.

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