Stakeholder Participation

Event: Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

The objectives of the workshop will be to: launch the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the East and South African region; take stock of the status, needs and priorities of soil activities; and jointly define a roadmap for establishing the African Soil Partnership. Apart from the establishment of the Regional Soil Partnership, the workshop is expected to produce a joint report portraying the main needs and priorities of sustainable soil management in the different countries, as an input for a plan of action to be implemented by the partnership. The core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Cambodia [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will host discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies. The event will include exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, synergies in project design, as well as discussions on the GEF 2020 Strategy, the new GEF Fee Policy, and the Project Cycle harmonization. The registration deadline for civil society participants is 1 March 2013.  

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SPREP Calls on Pacific Communities to Assist in Tracking Sea Turtles [viewed]

SPREP13 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Pacific communities to assist with ongoing efforts to track over 15,000 sea turtles in the region. Communities are asked to report turtle sightings, along with turtle tracking information to SPREP.

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ITPGR Secretariat Invites Submissions on Sustainable Use [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has issued a notification inviting submissions from parties, other governments and relevant institutions and organizations on how to improve the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), including on sectoral policies and best practices for sustainable agriculture.

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Event: Workshop on Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

This workshop, titled "Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity: Policy support for their roles in use and conservation," will bring together 22 tropical fruit tree farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand, to share common experiences and challenges related to conserving and using biodiversity on the farm. Participating researchers will present related case studies. The workshop is being hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bioversity International, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA).  

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Event: Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Invasive Species in Europe [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife, with the support of the European Habitats Forum, will organize a high-level debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the issue of invasive alien species in Europe and the development of an EU policy instrument to tackle them.  

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Event: Regional Great Lakes Stakeholder Forum [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society as part of a regional Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-Making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Fresh Water Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa project. The forum will convene under the theme "Addressing the drivers of change in the Freshwater Systems of the Great Lakes Region". The two-day event will take place in the framework of the project ARCOS is implementing with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation and in partnership with Lake Tanganyika Authority, Nile Basin Discourse, Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa, BirdLife International/Africa Partnership Secretariat and IUCN-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.  

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Event: Enhancing the Mountain Partnership in Africa for Sustainable Development in African Water Towers [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and The Mountain Partnership Secretariat, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Rwanda, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. The main objective of the meeting is to continue building an African agenda and a strong Mountain Partnership constituency on the sustainable development of mountain ecosystems, while contributing to climate change and water discussions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to share views and experiences on the current state of sustainable development in mountain regions in Africa and to discuss joint activities, future challenges and opportunities. The one-day event will take place ahead of the wider Regional Great Lakes Stakeholders Forum.  

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Event: Roundtable on Combating Transnational Organized Wildlife and Forest Crime for Ministers and High-level Representatives [viewed]

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), in close coordination with Thailand, is organizing a roundtable discussion on combating transnational organized wildlife and forest crime for ministers and high-level representatives. The event will be held alongside the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16).  

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CBD Executive Secretary, COP 11 President Call for Biodiversity Champions [viewed]

CBD1 February 2013: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment and Forests of India and President of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, have sent a letter to parties inviting them to become a "Biodiversity Champion" by pledging support for biodiversity at national, regional or global levels for one or more of the Aichi targets.

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