Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

ITPGR Circulates Report of Seventh Meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy [viewed]

March 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the report of the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy, held from 18-20 September 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CBD Calls for Views on Biodiversity Financing, Nominations for High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued two notifications with a focus on biodiversity financing: it invited parties' views on a discussion paper on safeguards for scaling-up biodiversity financing and possible guiding principles; and called for nominations for the second phase of the High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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CBD Circulates Newsletter on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a newsletter on 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,' highlighting biodiversity's contribution to the development agenda, relevant targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, as well as relevant activities of the CBD Secretariat.

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Study on Economics of Desertification Presented during UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

9 April 2013: A paper, titled 'The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making,' which was prepared by the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos on behalf of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was presented during the first day of the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference.

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UNFF Director Outlines Expectations for UNFF10 [viewed]

9 April 2013: Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), conducted an interview with the UN News Centre highlighting expectations for the tenth session of the UNFF (UNFF10), which is convening under the theme, 'forests and economic development.'

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FAO, IPPC Launch Online Course on Forest Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat announced the launch of an online training course titled, ‘Trade in forest commodities and the role of phytosanitary measures.'

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Honduras Designates Two Coastal Wetlands as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Honduras has designated two new coastal wetlands as Ramsar sites, bringing the total number of Wetlands of International Importance for this country to eight.

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Global Mechanism Meeting Supports Integrating Climate Finance into SLM Activities [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted a meeting that gathered representatives from nine countries to discuss lessons learned and final year priorities for the project "Integrating Climate Change Finance into Sustainable Land Management Investment Strategies" funded by the European Commission.

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UNFF10 Opens, Recognizes the Value of Forests [viewed]

8 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) opened on 8 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, with initial statements emphasizing the need to recognize the multiple values of forests, as well as the linkages of forests to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The theme of UNFF10 is 'Forests and Economic Development.'

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South Africa Designates Nature Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of South Africa has designated the uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve, a BirdLife Important Bird Area in KwaZulu-Natal province, as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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