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Sustainable Rice Platform Launches Global Rice Cultivation Standard [viewed]

srp27 October 2015: The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) launched the first global Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation. The SRP Standard uses environmental and socio-economic benchmarks with the aim of reducing rice cultivation's environmental footprint, maintaining yields for rice smallholders and meeting food safety and quality goals.

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UNEP Report Highlights Benefits of Wastewater Management [viewed]

UNEP22 October 2015: A more circular approach to wastewater could result in economic and social benefits and contribute to progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The report provides an overview of wastewater management, and illustrates opportunities for the recovery and reuse of resources in agriculture, energy production and other applications.

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UNEP, Partners Supporting Regional Cooperation on Oceans [viewed]

14goals20 October 2015: At a Regional Seas Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners announced an initiative on 'Oceans Sustainable Development Goals' to foster regional cooperation and strategies in support of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans, as well as other SDGs in which oceans is a cross-cutting issue.

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UNEP-Kenya Colloquium Urges Regional Collaboration on Environmental Law [viewed]

UNEP16 October 2015: Participants at the First Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law called on African countries to ensure access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters at the regional level. The meeting's concluding 'Nairobi Statement' also calls for integrating environmental law into the curricula of judicial and other training institutes and the regular and continuous exchange of information, knowledge and experiences through regional networks.

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UNEP FI Holds Annual General Meeting, Switzerland Pledges Funds to Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

unep_fi12 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss, inter alia, the changing context for sustainable finance, with a focus on risks and impacts. The AGM also reaffirmed the partnership between the UN and the finance sector as critical for unlocking private finance in support of a sustainable economy.

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UNEP Panel Shows Environmental Impacts of Resource Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP14 October 2015: The International Resource Panel (IRP) has published a report on the role of international trade in increasing resource efficiency, reducing environmental impact and promoting equitable and inclusive growth. Revealing that the value of international trade has increased over six-fold and its volume more than doubled between 1980 and 2010, ‘International Trade in Resources: A biophysical assessment' examines upstream resource requirements - the materials, energy, land and water used in the country of origin for producing traded goods, but left behind as wastes and emissions.

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Event: TEEB Workshop on Consumption and Lifestyle Patterns [viewed]

This Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) workshop will convene under the theme 'The Impact of Consumption on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Beyond Borders – A TEEB Perspective' and will address, inter alia: causes and factors for ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity as a result of unfavorable consumption patterns; useful methods to trace evidence and develop solutions to adapt demand for harmful consumer products; existing initiatives to tackle the problem; the role TEEB can play in raising awareness and instigating action; and the potential of relevant policy approaches and instruments, such as in relation to international trade, supply-chain management and food waste reduction. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss scientific, policy and implementation related work on these aspects and to further explore their implications and results in breakout groups and discussion sessions. The workshop is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) TEEB Office and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.  

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CITES Reports on Checklist, Bangladesh Training [viewed]

CITES12 October 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and partners held a one-day workshop on CITES and a two-day training on wildlife law enforcement in Bangladesh, from 5-7 October 2015. The workshop reinforced the need for cooperation to combat wildlife crime, while the training built local capacity to respond to wildlife and forest crime.

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Earth Index Pilot Model Launched [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc8 October 2015: BBC Earth has launched a pilot model for an Earth Index that demonstrates the financial contribution of nature to the global economy. The creation of the Index, by BBC Earth and Tony Juniper, was also supported by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), which conducted a scoping study to identify the research and methodologies that have attempted to place an economic value on nature.

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UNEP Launches MyUNEA.org [viewed]

UNEP7 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an inter-active online hub, MyUNEA.org, meant to increase citizen participation in the resolutions and issues addressed by the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). MyUNEA.org was launched on 7 October 2015, during the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

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