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WMO Launches SIDS Website [viewed]

WMOAugust 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a small island developing States (SIDS) website to highlight its work with SIDS, given that they are low-lying and vulnerable to weather- and climate-related hazards, such as tropical cyclones, floods and droughts.

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Food Security Project Supports Crop Conservation, Climate Resilience in Nepal [viewed]

wle-bioversity-gef-unepAugust 2014: Bioversity International has launched a project aimed to ensure food security in the Nepal Himalayas while supporting the sustainable use of traditional crop genetic resources and improving the resilience of agricultural ecosystems in the face of climate change.

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UNCCD IWG Discusses LDN, Regional Conference Discusses Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

UNCCD logoAugust 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released summaries from recent meetings of the Convention's Inter-Governmental Working Group (IWG) on the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a regional conference on the economics of land degradation.

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UNCCD: 187 Reports Submitted for 5th Reporting and Review Process [viewed]

UNCCD logo6 August 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that, as of the 31 July 2014 deadline for submission, 187 reports from UNCCD Parties had been submitted for the 5th reporting and review process. Reports were submitted by 93% of affected country Parties and 67% of developed country Parties, which represents a 50% increase in reporting by affected countries and a 67% increase developed countries over the 4th reporting process.

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UNEP, Brazil's ANA to Promote Water Quality through Regional Centre [viewed]

unep-ana5 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Brazil's National Water Agency (ANA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which ANA will host a regional center for water quality monitoring and become the national focal point for UNEP's Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water).

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African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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IUCN Reports Pangolins Are on the Brink of Extinction [viewed]

IUCN29 July 2014: According to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction. The Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now classified as Critically Endangered.

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July 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

EIB-CIF-AfDB-EBRD-World Bank-GEF31 July 2014: During July 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have reported on climate investments. Both the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced partnerships with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for a variety of climate-related investments. The World Bank also announced additional funding to be provided by CIF.

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Global Soil Partnership Launches Soil Day and Year Logos [viewed]

fao-globalsoil28 July 2014: During its Second Plenary Assembly, which convened from 22-24 July, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) endorsed the logo and themes for World Soil Day (WSD) 2014 and 2015, as well as the logo and Plan of Action for the International Year of Soils (IYS) in 2015. During the meeting, a video explaining the activities of the GSP Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was also launched.

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Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project's Final Review Conducted [viewed]

PACC28 July 2014: The fifth and final multi-partite review of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, scheduled to finish in December 2014, was conducted in Nadi, Fiji. The PACC Project is a partnership funded by Australia and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as implementing agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as implementing partner.

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