Capacity Building & Education

Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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Islands Featured in Abstracts of SBSTTA Poster Session [viewed]

CBDMay 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the abstracts of posters presented during the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the fourth meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 4). The theme of the poster session was "Oceans, Coasts, Islands: Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets."

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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CAF to Help Ecuadorian Fishing Industry Adopt Ecosystem-Friendly Practices [viewed]

1 May 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has signed an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to prepare a technical-economic feasibility study on replacing fishing craft and gear with equipment more friendly to the marine ecosystem, including a financing scheme that would allow the Government of Ecuador to implement the strategy along the entire Ecuadorian coast.

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CAMBio Rewards Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises in Central America [viewed]

25 April 2012: As executor of the Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) recently gave the "Bio Award" to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in Costa Rica and Honduras for their activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation in those countries.

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Event: CBD Southern Indian Ocean Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It aims to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria, as well as a four-day workshop. The workshop will include CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Southern Indian Ocean region: Australia, Comoros, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and the UK.  

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Migratory Bird Day Celebrates Birds' Cultural Roles [viewed]

13 May 2012: Events took place around the world to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), initiated in 2006 as a global campaign to raise awareness of the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. Between 12-13 May, bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions were held to celebrate WMBD 2012.

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Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted [viewed]

11 May 2012: The 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The new guidelines outline principles and practice for governments to refer to when making laws and policies on land, fisheries and forest rights. They aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.

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IOSEA E-News Highlights Turtle Release, Capacity-Building Programmes [viewed]

IOSEAMay 2012: The May issue of  the Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) e-newsletter reports on turtle releases in Eritrea and capacity-building in Myanmar.

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PCLG Newsletter and Bulletin Highlight Poverty and Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

April 2012: The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) has published the latest issues of its biodiversity and society bulletin, called “Biosoc,” and its monthly newsletter. The PCLG is a multi-stakeholder forum, coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), for promoting dialogue and fostering learning on the links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

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