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AfDB/WWF Report Examines What Africa's Economic Success Means for its “Ecological Future” [viewed]

african_ecological_futures27 May 2015: As part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB), AfDB and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the 'African Ecological Futures Report 2015,' in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 26 May 2015. The report opens with the observation that with many countries sustaining high economic growth over the past 15 years, “the narrative is rightly beginning to question the extent to which Africa's growth is sustainably transforming livelihoods while lifting millions from abject poverty.”

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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GEF Project Extends Conservation Boundaries to Encompass “Protected Landscapes” in Namibia [viewed]

GEFMay 2015: The Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative (NAM-PLACE) has developed a network of “protected landscapes” spanning five sensitive ecosystems and a total area of 15,550km2, with the aim of making land use practices outside protected areas more compatible with biodiversity conservation objectives.

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CIF Expands Investment Opportunities to 72 Countries [viewed]

CIF19 May 2015: Decisions taken during the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings will bring the US$8.1 billion CIF to a total of 72 developing and middle-income countries in the areas of renewable energy, technology, sustainable forestry and climate resilience. During the meetings, the CIF earmarked US$100 million to Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti to help them develop their renewable energy markets.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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GEF Highlights SFM Support in Report to UNFF11 [viewed]

GEF20 May 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) presented its report to the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), highlighting its support for sustainable forest management (SFM) through the GEF-5 SFM/REDD+ Incentive Mechanism, and its provision of over US$700 million in grant support in 80 countries for a range of SFM-related projects.

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SE4ALL Launches Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative [viewed]

SE4ALL20 May 2015: A multi-stakeholder coalition has been launched, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in order to meet global sustainable energy needs and contribute to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goals of doubling global renewable energy use and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.

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UN CC:Learn Releases REDD+ Learning Guide [viewed]

Unitar13 May 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) released a resource guide on REDD+ developed with support from UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The guide is intended to facilitate access to the most relevant and recent learning and training material on REDD+.

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Mediterranean SCP Center Documents PCBs Applications, Advises on Waste Management [viewed]

SCP/RAC6 May 2015: The Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) has compiled applications of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for owners and public officials, as part of its collaboration with the PCBs component of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded MedPartnership project for the Environmentally Sound Management of equipment, stocks and wastes containing or contaminated by PCBs in national electricity companies of Mediterranean countries. The SCP/RAC is a Stockholm Convention Regional Center, focusing on cooperation with Mediterranean countries.

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GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China [viewed]

GEF30 April 2015: The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Contaminated Site Management Project to help clean up contaminated sites and improve soil pollution management in two provinces in China. Qing Wang, World Bank, said the project will help the Government of China sustainably manage contaminated sites and reduce environmental and health risks, while contributing to China's implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on the Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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