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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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GloBallast Launches Learning Tools on Ballast Water Management [viewed]

globallast_partnership27 April 2015: The GloBallast Partnerships Programme, which assists developing countries in reducing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water, has launched a set of online learning tools through its web portal.

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WTO Marks 20 Years with Event, Publication on Environment-Trade Connections [viewed]

wto_unep28 April 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and partners took stock of current environment-trade connections at a special event marking the WTO's 20th anniversary, on the theme, '20 Years of Building Pathways to Sustainable Development,' in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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ITPS Working Session Endorses Inaugural Global Soil Status Report [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership22 April 2015: The 3rd Working Session of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), which took place from 13-17 April 2015, in Potsdam, Germany, finalized and endorsed the first 'Status of the World's Soil Resources Report,' which will be launched on 5 December 2015 during celebrations of the International Year of Soils 2015.

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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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FAO and WWC Explore Future of Water for Agriculture [viewed]

fao_wwcApril 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Water Council (WWC) released a "white paper" on water use in agriculture, in anticipation of increases in water demand and food production goals to 2050. The policy paper was published as an input to the High Level Panel on Water for Food Security, held during the Seventh World Water Forum (WWF 7) in April 2015.

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Reports Highlight Microplastic Threats, Underscore Value of Ocean Economy [viewed]

imo_wwf27 April 2015: Microplastics may be as harmful to marine life as larger marine debris, such as fishing nets and plastic bags, according to a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a UN advisory body. The report is the first global-scale assessment to identify the sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNEP Report Details Contribution of Timber, Wildlife Crime to DRC Conflict [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2015: Organized crime in timber, wildlife and gold continues to finance transnational organized criminal networks in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines transitional environmental crime as one of the key factors fueling the conflict cycle in eastern DRC and provides analysis on the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including their values, stakeholders in the trade, smuggling routes and impacts.

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