Ecosystem Approach

Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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New Assessment Calls for Urban Areas to Take Stewardship of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

unhabitat-cbd--src-iclei4 October 2013: An assessment, titled 'Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO),' underscores the need and the opportunity for cities to take ownership of critical ecosystem services to enhance biodiversity conservation and food security, in addition to reducing the overall ecological footprint of urban areas. 

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IUFRO Reports on the Future of Forests [viewed]

Iufro30 September 2013: The September 2013 edition of the newsletter of the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) highlights risks to forests, including climate change, air pollution and invasive alien species.

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ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center Highlights CBD Partnership, Assessment of Urban Biodiversity [viewed]

iclei September 2013: The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has released the September edition of its Cities Biodiversity Center newsletter, which highlights recent publications, new tools and projects, and collaborations between ICLEI and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Landscape Approach Day [viewed]

rpc-unccd24 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Landscape Approach Day on 24 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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UN-NGLS Report Discusses Four Regional Civil Society Objectives for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP NGLS22 September 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) published a report titled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' which synthesizes four months of consultations with 120 regional civil society networks on the post-2015 agenda. The report concludes that obstacles to achieving sustainable development are political, not technical, and recognizes post-2015 discussions as an opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for transformational change.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Ecosystem Restoration Day [viewed]

ecosystem-restoration-day20 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Ecosystem Restoration Day on Friday, 20 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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North African Countries Commit to Cooperative Management of Nubian Aquifer [viewed]

iaea-unesco-undp-gef18 September 2013: Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan signed a Strategic Action Programme to establish a long-term framework for managing the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known fossil water aquifer system. The agreement establishes a Joint Authority for the NSAS, with the aim of strengthening regional coordination and optimizing equitable use among the four arid North African countries.

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International Expert Workshop Discusses Conceptual Framework of IPBES [viewed]

IPbesSeptember 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the 'Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES,' which was held from 25-26 August 2013 and convened by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) at the request of the first IPBES Plenary and co-hosted by South Africa and the United Kingdom, with additional support from Japan.

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Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference Identifies Climate Change Impacts on Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar12 September 2013: The Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference was organized around the theme 'Baltic Wetlands in a time of climate change- mitigation, resilience and adaptation.' The event was held as part of the Greenland Chairmanship (2012-2014) of the NorBalWet, a regional initiative for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) that aims to contribute to more effective conservation and wise use of wetlands and enhanced international wetlands cooperation in the Nordic-Baltic region.

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