UNFF Stakeholders Step-up Engagement [viewed]

UNFF9 March 2015: In support of stakeholder engagement in the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) process, the UNFF Secretariat, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) collaborated on the production of four television stories highlighting the contribution of forests to sustainable development.

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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

waves9 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supporting 22 Projects on Farmers' Management of PGRFA and Technology Transfer [viewed]

ITPGR6 March 2015: The Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has selected 22 projects to be supported through the third cycle of the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Event: Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges [viewed]

The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission are convening a meeting titled “Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges,” on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US. The event aims to facilitate a constructive and creative dialogue framed around four broad areas: linkages between short-term action on preventing and eliminating plastic waste from entering the marine environment, and longer-term systemic change towards a circular economy; opportunities for the private sector to collaborate with other stakeholders, particularly the development and private finance communities, to scale up waste management approaches; remaining gaps in knowledge and data required to address plastic waste entering the marine environment, particularly with respect to the material flow of plastic through the supply chain and infrastructure requirements for effective management; and the need for integration of regional and local stakeholders into this global narrative, and the common but differentiated roles and responsibilities of these stakeholders in creating systems change.  

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Denmark, Estonia Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD9 March 2015: Denmark and Estonia are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Their accession brings the total number of ratifications to 30, which is 75% of the ratifications necessary for the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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China Announces Plan to Halt Commercial Logging in Natural Forests [viewed]

Itto28 February 2015: As highlighted in the latest International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Tropical Timber Market Report (TTM), the Government of China has announced a three-stage plan to phase out all commercial logging in natural forests in an effort to protect remaining natural forest areas.

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AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)6 March 2015: African ministers called for adaptation-mitigation parity in the 2015 climate agreement at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Ministers also supported measures to develop a common wildlife strategy, enhance natural resources management, ensure an inclusive green economy and support the continent's poverty eradication and sustainable development efforts.

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment [viewed]

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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Senior Arctic Officials Discuss Development for the People of the North [viewed]

Arctic Council5 March 2015: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met in Whitehorse, Canada, to hear progress updates from the Council's working groups and task forces, and to approve projects for delivery to the Council's next Ministerial meeting.

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Event: World Oceans Day 2015 [viewed]

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

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