Capacity Building & Education

LAC Forestry and Environmental Communicators Network Formed [viewed]

FAO19 September 2012: A workshop of Latin American journalists and other communicators organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Tropical Agriculture Center for Research and Higher Education (CATIE) has led to the creation of a new "Network of Forest and Environmental Communicators."

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UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News [viewed]

18 September 2012: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Li Congjun, President Xinhua News Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spread news regarding land restoration globally.

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GEF SGP Highlights Project Achievements in Kenya Forest [viewed]

17 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has highlighted its support for the protection of the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest through a youth-led project that has received several international awards. The GEF SGP project protects biodiversity at risk from illegal timber harvesting, encroachment and poor resource management. 

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CAN Nations Define Plans to Strengthen Deforestation Monitoring [viewed]

August 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, has convened delegates from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to define national plans to strengthen capacities in monitoring land cover, deforestation and environmental degradation, and agreed to promote the development of methodological processes and reports on deforestation for the Andean subregion.

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ASEAN and India Ministers Issue Statement Ahead of CBD COP 11 [viewed]

13 September 2012: Environment ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held a meeting on 7 September 2012, in New Delhi, India, and adopted the "New Delhi ASEAN-India Ministerial Statement on Biodiversity." The statement has been circulated as an information document in preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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SPC Convenes Pacific Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

SPC17 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), convened the Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the Pacific from 4-6 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji. Participants shared country reports on FGR and developed priorities for action for the Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian subregions.

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Cetacean MOU Signatories Meet to Address Threats to Dolphins and Whales [viewed]

8 September 2012: Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (Pacific Cetaceans MOU) held their third meeting on 8 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia, addressing the threats facing whales and dolphins in the Pacific Islands Region.

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Event: First Global Meeting of Indigenous Peoples Forum [viewed]

In response to the request of Indigenous Peoples' groups to have a more systematic dialogue with UN agencies, an Indigenous Peoples' Forum has been established at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD will be held in conjunction with the IFAD Governing Council. The IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, approved by the Executive Board in September 2009, introduces this Forum, which was established in February 2011 during a workshop in Rome, as “an instrument to systematically engage Indigenous Peoples at the local, national and international levels through a process of dialogue and consultation between representatives of Indigenous Peoples, IFAD staff and member States.” The workshop set forth the governance and participation criteria of the Forum as well as the objectives. Resolutions coming out of break-out groups and plenary discussions will be presented to IFAD's Governing Council.  

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IUCN Announces Partnership with Microsoft to Enhance Red List [viewed]

11 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, in which software developed by Microsoft will enable IUCN to begin to capture spatial information on species-specific threats.

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Event: Land Day 6 [viewed]

Land Day 6 will consider the theme “Land Degradation Neutrality - A Response to the 2020 Aichi Targets”. It will take place on 15 October 2012, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, which is being orgainzed in parallel to the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The speakers at Land Day 6 will showcase the benefits of synergetic implementation of the Rio Conventions using successful initiatives that simultaneously conserve biodiversity and restore degraded land. Land Day 6 will, in particular, offer an opportunity to consider the relationship between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of the UNCCD's 10-Year Strategic Plan and Framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018).  

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