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UNECE Water Convention Parties Adopt 2013-2015 Work Programme [viewed]

30 November 2012: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (the Water Convention)  concluded their sixth Meeting of Parties (MOP6) with the adoption of decisions on various issues, including a 2013-15 work programme.

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EC Welcomes ICCAT Tuna Conservation Decisions, Urges Shark Protection [viewed]

20 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) has commended conservation measures and catch limits agreed at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Eastern Bluefin tuna, Western Bluefin tuna and Blue and White Marlins. On sharks, the EC called for a process to better define ICCAT's role in relation to sharks, with the aim of eventually enhancing shark protection.

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IBWC Signs Colorado River Agreement [viewed]

20 November 2012: The US and Mexico have signed a five-year agreement to share Colorado River water during periods of both drought and surplus. The agreement also creates an Intentionally Created Mexican Allocation (ICMA) program, where surplus water from certain conservation and water source projects could be held by the US on Mexico's behalf, for later delivery to Mexico.

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Two International Waters Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Two of the projects and programs approved focus on international waters.

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Report of the 30th Session of the International Sava River Basin Commission Released [viewed]

8 November 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) has published the report of its 30th session. At the meeting, ISRBC noted the proposed Sava River Basin Management (RBM) Plan, and discussed realization of the Work Plan for 2012, including on flood prevention, RBM, navigation, hydrological and meteorological issues, and tourism development, among other issues.

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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UN-REDD Approves a $47.6 Million Budget for 2013-2014 [viewed]

2 November 2012: At its 9th Policy Board meeting, the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) approved US$ 47.6 million in funding over two years for global and national actions.

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International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv Adopts Declaration on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

October 2012: Convened in parallel to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv adopted a declaration on conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods.

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UNWTO Convenes Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Development [viewed]

19 October 2012: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Government of Tanzania, convened the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, from 15-18 October, in Arusha, Tanzania. Attended by tourism ministers, representatives of the private sector, and conservation officials, the Conference adopted the Arusha Declaration.

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