IPBES-3 Opens with Discussions on Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes12 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) opened on 12 January 2015, in Bonn, Germany. Delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries, regional groups and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and discussed: organizational matters; membership of the Platform; credentials; and reports from the IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) members on implementing the work programme 2014–2018.

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World Bank Supports Coral Reef, Livelihood Revitalization in Indonesia [viewed]

Worldbanklogo8 January 2015: The World Bank has published a news feature detailing how its Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program—Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI) is working to revive coral reefs and fisheries in Indonesia. The project aims to institutionalize a decentralized, integrated framework for the sustainable management of coral reef resources and associated ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as to improve community livelihoods and the local economy.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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FAO, GOF Announce 14 Regional ABNJ Leaders [viewed]

fao-gof-gefJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) have announced the selection of 14 leaders for the first Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ processes and to address issues in marine ABNJ.

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CIFOR Supports DRC Efforts to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

CIFORJanuary 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of the Forests and Climate Change in the Congo (FCCC) project, which aims to support the efforts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in capacity building and applied research to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and thereby mitigate climate change.

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Event: Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day [viewed]

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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ICLEI-CBC Releases Report on Biodiversity Summit 2014 [viewed]

iclei-cbc6 January 2015: Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) - Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) released the report of the 2014 Cities and Subnational Governments Biodiversity Summit. The Summit was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, in parallel to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12).

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IMO Highlights 2014 Actions on Pollution Prevention, Marine Protection [viewed]

IMOJanuary 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has highlighted a series of eight environmental protection actions undertaken throughout 2014, including revisions to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annexes on emission controls and implementation dates for cleaner engines and actions taken by its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).

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Australia Commits US$6 Million to CTI-CFF [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 2014: The Government of Australia announced a commitment of US$6 million to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) at a World Parks Congress side event, titled ‘Celebrating Achievements in the Coral Triangle.' This funding builds on US$7.2 million that Australia has provided to the CTI since 2009, with the aim of developing a sustainable financing platform.

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Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 [viewed]

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2015 Day will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' to reflect the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN post-2015 development agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration at the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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