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Central Asian Countries Collaborate on Climate Resilience [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: The Second Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum, organized under the theme ‘Moving Towards Regional Climate Resilience,' was organized by the World Bank and brought together over 100 policymakers and practitioners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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GEF Supports PICs in UNCCD [viewed]

gef-unccd16 May 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) and Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have held a series of workshops to inform participants on the reporting system of the Convention and to discuss opportunities to promote its implementation through a regional resource mobilization strategy for Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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Event: Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop [viewed]

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop will bring together representatives from the 12 range States to advance implementation of the GSLEP. The meeting is organized by Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative, Snow Leopard Trust, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID, among others,  

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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GEF Announces Program to Enhance Food Security and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a US$120 million program meant to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa through scaling-up practices for improved crop and livestock productivity, and increased production system resilience.

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Event: E-Consultation on Combating Soil Salinization in Eurasia [viewed]

This e-consultation will discuss how to promote sustainable soil management in the Eurasian region, including the Russian Federation, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The e-consultation also aims to identify research gaps and strategies to increase awareness on soil salinization and to attract investments for soil improvement and reclamation. The consultation will address questions on five topics, including: approaches and methods for improving soil management to reduce soil salinization; ways to increase public awareness and knowledge on soil management and soil salinization, including the awareness of agricultural extension workers; gaps in scientific knowledge related to the management of saline lands; mechanisms for monitoring soil salinity, including the potential need for a database on soil salinity; and harmonization of methods for quantifying soil salinity. The discussion is expected to inform the Eurasian Center for Food Security's (ECFS) current and future progammes and the Eurasian Soil Partnership's activities.  

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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CIF Pilot Countries and Projects Presented in Interactive Online Map [viewed]

CIFMay 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has launched a global, online map and database of its participating pilot countries, projects and programs. The clickable map and accompanying table link to separate country-specific webpages containing a summary and downloadable program and project information for each of the 48 CIF countries.

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