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PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa [viewed]

unepwcmc_parcc_iucn_gef9 February 2016: An end-of-project workshop for partners of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) explored how to use the results of new regional climate projections and in-depth vulnerability assessments to improve the management of protected areas in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24-29 January 2016.

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African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership [viewed]

au_fao5 February 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a €41 million ‘Action Against Desertification' project that aims to support six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal - with the large-scale restoration of production landscapes affected by desertification and land degradation. The project is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme of support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

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WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA [viewed]

wavesFebruary 2016: Research teams from Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco have presented to policymakers the findings of the Global Development Network's (GDN) one-year project on natural resource and wealth accounting. The three project teams focused on, inter alia, coastal degradation, land and water use, and how resource depletion affects the economy. Participants, including from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, discussed lessons learned from the project, how to link the work with other initiatives, and how to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers.

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Policy Update #15: The LEO Portal: A New Way to Support MEA Implementation [viewed]

In September 2015, a new informational tool was launched that promises to help improve transparency and consistency among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) Portal is a priority for the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, as it fills a need for a “controlled vocabulary” to facilitate searching, locating and retrieving MEA information.

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UNEP, Partners Launch Kenya Green University Network [viewed]

UNEP5 February 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Kenya Green University Network (KGUN) to promote environmental and sustainability practices among Kenyan universities. The network will serve as a knowledge and innovation hub and support the sharing of best practices to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP, Zayed International Foundation Partner on Green Economy Textbook [viewed]

unep_zayed29 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment will produce an international textbook on inclusive green economy, covering macroeconomic theory and specific sectoral policies. The textbook will provide researchers with a comprehensive analytical framework for studying green economy and will contain regional perspectives to enable policy design.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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IUCN Project Assesses Microplastics in the Arctic [viewed]

iucn_kopri_gesamp 29 January 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a research project to examine the origin of microplastics in the Arctic Ocean and the effects of these microplastics on ecosystems and human health. IUCN will then make recommendations on the development and implementation of sustainable waste policies and legislation for governments, industries, civil society and other stakeholders.

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Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory [viewed]

cites_srilanka26 January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace.

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FAO, World Bank Project Supports Land Governance in the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao_headquarters26 January 2016: A multi-year joint project implemented by the Russian Federation's Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with funding from the World Bank, has introduced an online system to simplify property registration and tracking across the country.

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