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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

cofo2318 July 2016: It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List [viewed]

UNESCO17 July 2016: The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee adopted the Istanbul Declaration on the Protection of World Heritage, which invites States Parties to take measures and act together against the destruction of common heritage of humankind in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants also added 12 sites of special cultural or physical significance to the World Heritage List.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds [viewed]

CMS14 July 2016: The first-ever meeting of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds concluded with the adoption of the Cairo Declaration in which countries agreed to a "zero tolerance approach" to any illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean Region in accordance with national law, commitments under international conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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Event: High-Level Dialogue on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

This dialogue will convene during the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO), which will convene from 18-22 in Rome, Italy, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The dialogue will focus on, among other things, providing funding and other support for implementing REDD+ activities in developing countries.  

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FAO Highlights Publications by DFID and USAID on VGGT Implementation [viewed]

didf_usaid_faoJuly 2016: The inaugural ‘State of the Debate' report of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) programme on ‘Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development' (LEGEND) takes stock of land governance initiatives around the world. It concludes that four years since the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines or VGGT), much more needs to be done to ensure that they are realized in practice. The report is featured in the July 20016 issue of the Governance of Land Tenure Newsletter of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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