Freshwater

Ramsar Launches Handbook on Wetland Education Centres [viewed]

Ramsar5 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and the Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation (ERF) have launched the ‘Handbook on Best Practices for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres.' The launch took place on World Environment Day 2014. The Handbook presents lessons learned on the design and operation of wetland education centres from around the world.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Considers Catalysts for Action on Large-Scale Restoration [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society30 May 2014: On the second day of the conference titled 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development,' participants heard about different approaches to restoration, projects from around the world, and reflections on the larger movement for ecosystem restoration.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico to Manage Mesoamerican Reef with GEF Support [viewed]

GEF27 May 2014: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council Meeting approved a US$10 million grant for the ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project. The project aims to ensure the reef's ecological integrity by scaling up a ridge to reef management approach and enhancing regional collaboration for its management.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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World Fish Migration Day Highlights Imperiled Migrations [viewed]

World Fish Migration Day24 May 2014: On World Fish Migration Day, a coalition of non-governmental organizations and local groups came together to celebrate events under the theme 'Connecting Fish, Rivers and People,' and raise awareness on conserving freshwater migratory fish and free flowing rivers.

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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UN Watercourses Convention to Enter into Force Following 35th Ratification [viewed]

UN Treaty Collection19 May 2014: The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) will enter into force in August 2014. Viet Nam became the 35th country to accede to the Convention, in accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, which states that entry into force will occur on the 90th day following the deposit for the 35th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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