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UNEP Partnership Urges Lower Nitrogen, Phosphorus Inputs [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is working to reduce the amount of nutrients in the environment without limiting global development. The Partnership provides a platform for governments, scientists, UN agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders to develop a common agenda on nutrient management, conduct integrated environmental assessments, and mainstream best practices in the efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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TEEB Holds Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation in China [viewed]

Teeb11 February 2015: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has brought together representatives from governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector for a workshop on implementing TEEB in China and strengthening information and knowledge sharing in the TEEB stakeholder network. Stakeholder discussions focused on a range of national and international topics, including global implementation, valuation methodologies, sustainability practices of businesses and NGOs, and the development of policy-based TEEB frameworks.

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UNEP-WCMC and Partners Convene Workshop on Global Butterfly Indicator [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Dutch Butterfly Conservation, the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) and European Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON) convened a workshop of 14 global experts in butterfly monitoring, particularly in the tropics and subtropics, with the objective of developing a standardized, global set of butterfly monitoring guidelines to enable aggregation of data through Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) towards a global butterfly indicator.

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UNEP, IUCN Publication Explores Pastoralism's Role in Sustainability and the Green Economy [viewed]

unep-iucnFebruary 2015: The publication titled 'Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?' discusses the findings of a joint study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The study aims to uncover “the social, economic and environmental arguments for increased recognition of sustainable pastoralism as a viable land management option for the world's rangelands.”

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UNU, UNEP Launch 2014 Inclusive Wealth Report [viewed]

unep-unuDecember 2014: The UN University's International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released the ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2014' (IWR 2014). The main objective of the report is to offer quantitative information and long-term analysis of global inclusive wealth (IW) to evaluate the capacity of nations to provide for the welfare of their citizens in a sustainable manner.

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Policy Update #10: The Quest for Harmonized Implementation: Anticipating a Broader Role for Basin Organizations in the Post-2015 Era [viewed]

The advent of 17 draft sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, in mid-2014, has promoted interest in the “harmonized” implementation of goals, and raises many practical questions. Is it inevitable that some goals and targets will be favored over others? How can governments and other development actors respond to this detailed agenda in an even-handed manner, without collapsing under the weight of competing aims? Which actors are capable of taking them on? Discussions of the water-energy-food nexus, in recent years, have raised similar kinds of concerns. There are some examples of on-the-ground approaches that respond to sustainability concerns across the nexus, but the governance of power generation, agriculture and water management sectors, more often than not, remains fragmented.

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UN-Water Report Calls to Prioritize Wastewater in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN Water Logo2 February 2015: A UN-Water report calls for prioritizing wastewater treatment under a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, highlighting that only 20% of the world's wastewater is currently being treated. 'Wastewater Management: A UN-Water Analytical Brief' was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat on behalf of UN-Water.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Capacity Building [viewed]

unredd2 February 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the February/March 2015 edition of its newsletter, which focuses on building the capacity of developing countries to design and implement REDD+ programmes.

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