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IPBES Calls for Proposals under Matchmaking Facility[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) launched a call for proposals and pledges of support for capacity-building projects and activities under its prototype IPBES Matchmaking Facility. This facility, which follows up on the outcome of the third session of the IPBES Plenary, seeks to promote and facilitate dialogue and cooperation among institutions, organizations and individuals looking for technical and financial support, and those in a position to provide such support.

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FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran.

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Event: 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA[viewed]

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.

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Event: First IPBES Capacity-Building Forum[viewed]

The first capacity-building forum of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to facilitate both capacity-building projects and strategic alignment of activities between interested institutions.

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UNESCO-IHP Celebrates 50 Years[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) is celebrating 50 years of water-related achievements with ‘50 Years, 50 Movies on Water,' a film screening at the Open UNESCO exhibition.curity.

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CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations[viewed]

The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year.

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FAO/UNCCD GM Workshop Explores Upscaling Private Investments in Landscape Restoration[viewed]

A two-day expert consultation on private investments in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), explored ways to scale up FLR investments to enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities in drylands and reduce forced migration from such areas.

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IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research[viewed]

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin.

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Event: Implementing the Oceans SDG: From Knowledge to Action[viewed]

The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway.

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WMO-Backed Conference Plans for Year of Polar Prediction[viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a conference to finalize plans for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), which will aim to accelerate and consolidate research, as well as observing, modeling, verification and educational activities, as part of a broader Polar Predication Project.

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