UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives [viewed]

Organized with the support of the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has established a Capacity Development Programme on digital mapping in Africa, to be implemented in October 2014 and January 2015. This training workshop will be held from 13-17 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous workshops, one of which launched the African Soil Partnership in 2013, have identified capacity development as a regional priority and a key area for improving the availability of updated soil data and information.  

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Event: Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership [viewed]

This meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Soil Partnership of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will finalize an Implementation Plan for the region. The meeting follows the endorsement of four Plans of Action at the Second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly, which took place from 22-24 July 2014.  

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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Land Use a Focus at 7th ESP Conference [viewed]

esp12 September 2014: In his opening address to the 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, said that understanding ecosystem services is critical for enhancing resilience.

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Event: IPBES Side Event at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), with the support of the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) will hold a side event during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) to brief participants on the progress made to date in implementing the IPBES work programme, and on what can be expected in the coming months and years. Opportunity will be provided for participants to discuss further, how the work of IPBES can most effectively contribute to implementation of the CBD at all levels.  

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Event: 12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network [viewed]

The 12th meeting of East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS) will take place under the auspices of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of the Azores. It will consider knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences, and new opportunities for cooperation between REDBIOS biosphere reserves, paying particular attention to the potential contribution of European cooperation programmes, such as the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands (PCT-MAC), to the REDBIOS network and its projects. Participants will also examine new and planned applications for biosphere reserves, particularly from Cape Verde and the Azores. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) to discuss future relations with other regional and thematic networks on biosphere reserves.  

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Event: Towards a Deforestation-free Future: The Demand-side Challenge [viewed]

To be held at the margins of Climate Week, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), in collaboration with other partners, are facilitating a discussion on reducing deforestation while promoting economic growth, drawing on examples from Indonesia. Registration for the event is required prior to 15 September 2014.  

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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management [viewed]

fao-wecafcSeptember 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) has released the report of its 15th Session. The report highlights the adoption of four regional fisheries management recommendations and five resolutions, including on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure.

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CGRFA Invites Input on Upcoming 15th Session's Themes [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2014: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited relevant international organizations to provide focused information on their programmes, activities and policies relevant to the prioritized themes of the Commission's 15th Regular Session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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