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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement [viewed]

GEF27 October 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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Global Donor Working Group on Land Welcomes RAI Principles [viewed]

gloal donor platform23 October 2014: The Global Donor Working Group on Land has welcomed the Committee on World Food Security's (CFS) endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI), especially Principle 5 on ‘Respect tenure of land, fisheries, forests and access to water.' The voluntary RAI principles aim to promote food and nutrition security and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food.

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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project [viewed]

World Bank22 October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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World Bank Study Tour Introduces Asian Participants to Dutch Flood Management [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: Decision makers and practitioners from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in a World Bank supported study tour to the Netherlands to learn about water resources management and flood protection.

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region [viewed]

ADB-Greater Mekong10 October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs [viewed]

emeg25 September 2014: During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs [viewed]

Mountain Partnership20 October 2014: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs.

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Event: Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) 10th Year Celebration Workshop [viewed]

The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) was established in February 2004 to promote Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and improve water governance in Asian river basins, and to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of river basin organizations (RBOs). NARBO has 84 member organizations representing 18 countries, and a full-time secretariat associated with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan Water Agency. The 10-year anniversary celebration features a high-level panel and associated workshops that will take stock of achievements and lessons learned, and propose ways forward, in consultation with members and key water players.  

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