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UN Climate Summit Big Data Challenge Winners Announced [viewed]

WinnersAnnounced_22 September 2014: A monitoring system providing real-time forest information and a tool promoting climate-smart agriculture among farmers in Colombia are the winners of the UN Global Pulse's Big Data Climate Challenge. Seven additional 'Projects to Watch' come from a wide range of countries, including India, China, South Africa, the UK and the US. Aimed at highlighting data-driven evidence to drive climate action, the Challenge is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.

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August Water Finance Update [viewed]

erdb-wb-gef-adb-afdb31 August 2014: During the month of August, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans or grants for projects in Laos PDR, Cameroon, South Africa, Armenia and Romania. The World Bank also reported on the implementation of projects in Viet Nam, Zimbabwe and India.

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UNEP, SPREP Open First Sub-regional Office [viewed]

unep-office-samoa2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened a sub-regional office for the Pacific, based in Apia, Samoa. The Host Country Agreement was signed by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, at the official opening of the office, on 2 September 2014.

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ITTO Launches Project Database [viewed]

Itto1 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched an online search tool for sustainable forest management (SFM) projects within tropical forests.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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Websites Prepared for International Year of Soils 2015 [viewed]

ec-iys27 August 2014: Two websites are under way that will serve as information resources on events and activities planned for the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched the IYS website that will function as the main platform for information sharing. The European Commission is working on a soil-specific website that will provide information on IYS activities in the EU.

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership [viewed]

samoa-unep29 August 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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FFF Launched in Viet Nam [viewed]

FAO22 August 2014: The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) began work in Viet Nam with a launch workshop introducing the FFF and engaging partners and stakeholders. As with the other pilot countries, the FFF in Viet Nam aims to improve the livelihoods and participation of women, smallholders and community groups.

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