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ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning [viewed]

un_rimes25 April 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques.

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Event: First Great Green Wall Global Conference [viewed]

Since its inception in 2007, the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) has evolved into a pan-African sustainable landscape program to address land degradation and desertification, boost food, environmental and economic security, and support communities' adaptation to climate change. The First Conference on the GGWSSI will gather representatives from more than 20 Sahelian countries and partners to discuss the further scaling-up of implementation based on commitments made at the Paris Climate Change Conference with a view to: develop a “road map for transformational action on 
the ground,” including a Great Green Wall results framework; confirm political commitments in support of the initiative; strengthen the GGWSSI Community of 
Practice; and set new strategic directions for GGWSSI 
communication and knowledge management. The Conference will be organized around three days of technical sessions to exchange and share knowledge about programs and projects in support of the Great Green Wall, and a one-day high-level segment bringing together African Ministers and development partners. Practical interactive seminars will also take place on innovation, communication and knowledge services. Coordinated and sponsored by diverse partner organizations, the conference will draw on experiences from ongoing Great Green Wall projects, including: the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP); the AAD programme, which is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and funded by the partnership programme between the EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP-EU); and the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union Verte (FLEUVE), an EU-funded Great Green Wall project coordinated by the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water [viewed]

wb_un21 April 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel.

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World Bank Announces Five-Year Forest Action Plan [viewed]

world_bank_new6 April 2016: The World Bank Group has released the 'Forest Action Plan FY16-20,' which aims to integrate the sustainable management of forests more fully into the Bank's development priorities over the next five years.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016 [viewed]

This invitation-only event will explore the potential of private finance in enhancing livelihood, environment and food security benefits with regard to landscapes. It will address innovative financial tools and the needs of larger funds, conditions and arrangements needed to connect funds to farms and forests, and concrete investment opportunities. The event is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium and partners.  

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Event: PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme 'Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,' and will consider how knowledge and tools developed under the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. Presentations will include an update on PROFOR's cross-sectoral programmatic activities, results from PROFOR's strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed PROFOR portfolio for 2016 including country and regional activities.  

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WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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World Wildlife Day 2016 Focuses on Illicit Trafficking, Poaching [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2016: In celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2016, organized around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed illicit trafficking in wildlife. Participants in the discussion stressed the need for: enhancing governance; taking individual responsibility; involving all relevant stakeholders; strengthening law enforcement; addressing corruption; engaging and empowering the communities that live in the proximity where wildlife lives; and addressing the lack of staff and capacity. The sub-theme of the Day was "The future of elephants is in our hands," to draw special attention to African and Asian elephants.

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Event: Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity [viewed]

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

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Joint Report: Need Tripled Financing, Strengthened Institutions to Achieve WASH Targets [viewed]

Cost_of Meeting_the_2030_SDG_water-santitation-hygiene12 February 2016: If resources are targeted to the underserved, current financing levels can cover the costs of achieving universal basic service for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, according to a report by the World Bank. However, to achieve the "enhanced level of service" reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) targets on WASH, the report finds that current investment levels will need to triple, service will need to be more efficient, and institutions will need strengthening.

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