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ILC Unveils 2016-2021 Strategy [viewed]

ILC12 January 2016: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has set out its strategic framework for 2016-2021, which aims to shift the Coalition's focus from land reform advocacy to implementation.

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PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015 [viewed]

PROFORJanuary 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

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Policy Update #14: Demystifying International Environmental Law [viewed]

In the final hours of the Paris Climate Change Conference negotiations, agreement was nearly derailed by a single word. The word “shall” appeared where negotiators had agreed the provision should start with “should.” For some countries, reverting “shall” back to “should” had legal implications with regard to their mitigation obligations. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of environmental law, the stand-off over these rather similar words might have seemed trivial, belying the nature of international negotiations. The reality is, however, that the carefully crafted language of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) matters, and has enormous implications on an agreement's form and function.

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UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland [viewed]

unep_gems_water27 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid.

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UNEP Releases Guide on Environmental Assessment Frameworks [viewed]

UNEPDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a guide for policy makers for selecting and implementing appropriate environmental assessment frameworks. The brochure, titled 'An Introduction to Environmental Assessment,' gives an overview of available frameworks, including those most commonly used by UNEP, provides guidance on selecting appropriate frameworks, introduces common terms and concepts and provides illustrative examples.

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GSP Newsletter Recounts Soil Achievements in 2015 [viewed]

fao_gsp_iys4 January 2016: The eighth edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Global Soil Partnership (GSP) newsletter reviews major developments on the international soil agenda in 2015, including the adoption of land- and soil-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, and the conclusion of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, which was marked by more than 600 events around the world. The newsletter highlights several new initiatives to keep soils on the global agenda in 2016, including the proposed establishment of a World Soil Prize to be announced on 5 December, which is World Soil Day.

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Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands Establish Wadden Sea as Transboundary Ramsar Site [viewed]

RamsarDecember 2015: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention has welcomed a request from the Governments of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to recognize the Wadden Sea as a transboundary Ramsar site.

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Fifty African Countries and China to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade, Strengthen Cooperation on Environment​ [viewed]

focac8 December 2015: Fifty African countries and China agreed to scale up their response to wildlife crime and trafficking at the Sixth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The FOCAC Johannesburg Action Plan 2016-2018 commits the countries to work closely to tackle illegal trade in wildlife.

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INTERPOL Highlights Operation Worthy II Outcomes and Tiger Crime Strategy [viewed]

interpol21 December 2015: INTERPOL announced that Operation Worthy II, supported by its Project Wisdom, resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade in Africa. The Operation took place from January to October 2015 across 11 African countries.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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