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UNDP Reports on Wetland Preservation in Kazakhstan [viewed]

UNDPDecember 2012: A joint initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the Government of Kazakhstan has helped salvage and protect Kazakhstan's wetlands, UNDP has reported. Since the initiative began in 2003, seven sites have been declared protected areas, illegal fishing has decreased, and local residents have developed eco-friendly business ventures.

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FAO Reports on Global Forest Land Use Change From 1990-2005 [viewed]

FAO16 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a forestry paper reporting on global forest and land use change over the period 1990 to 2005.

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GEF-UNDP Publication Analyzes Investments to Restore and Protect Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

14 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint publication titled “Catalysing Ocean Finance,” on 14 December 2012, in Washington, DC, US. The two-volume publication demonstrates how public investment can reverse declines in global ocean health, scale up ocean planning and policy tools, leverage financial flows and transform ocean markets towards sustainability.

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TERI Launches Nordic Center at University of Eastern Finland [viewed]

7 December 2012: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has opened a Nordic Center at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. The new institution will focus on topics related to sustainable forestry, bio-resource management, bio-economic innovation, and renewable energy in the boreal and arctic areas, as well as globally.

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Tehran Convention Adopts Protocol Protecting Caspian Sea from Land-based Pollution [viewed]

13 December 2012: The five countries surrounding the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan - have adopted a legally-binding agreement on protecting the Sea from land-based sources of pollution.

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CAF States Agree on Extending AEWA [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Range States of Central Asia have unanimously agreed to extend the Agreement on African Eurasia Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) geographical area to encompass the entire Central Asian Flyway (CAF) region and incorporate the CAF Waterbird Action Plan under the Agreement. The meeting on the way forward for the CAF legal framework took place in in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 12 December 2012.

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CMS Raptors MoU Concludes First Meeting of Signatories [viewed]

11 December 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) took place from 9-11 December 2012, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was attended by more than 90 participants, including representatives from 22 Signatories and the EU.

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Event: 20th World Congress of Soil Science [viewed]

The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.  

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FAO's Infosylva Focuses on Forest Day 6 [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a special edition of Infosylva on the occasion of the conclusion of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The newsletter focuses on the outcomes of Forest Day 6, held on 2 November 2012, on the margins of COP 18. 

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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