Cooperation & Partnerships

IMO Environment Committee Considers Ballast Water Systems, Ship Recycling Convention [viewed]

IMO10 April 2014: The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) granted Basic Approval to four, and Final Approval to two, ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances. The Committee also reviewed work under the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.

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UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms [viewed]

UNESCO IOC9 April 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO.

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Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate [viewed]

MRC5 April 2014: The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues: climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, energy and food nexus; and the benefits of cooperation.

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REDD+ Partners in Congo Basin to Enhance Coordination [viewed]

comifac-cbfp31 March 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the outcomes of the REDD+ partners platform meeting, which considered progress and next steps for REDD+ in the Congo Basin with a particular focus on Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon.

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative31 March 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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IFAD-supported Project to Strengthen Post-harvest Interventions and Climate Change Resilience in Rwanda [viewed]

IFAD7 April 2014: The Climate Resilient and Post-harvest Agribusiness Support Project (PASP), launched in Kigali, Rwanda, by the Government of Rwanda and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is expected to advance the country's efforts to reduce post-harvest losses and will target over 32,400 rural households (155,518 people) in 10 districts in the country's northwest, southern and eastern regions.

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FAO and CATIE Sign Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

fao-catie3 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) signed an agreement that aims to enhance responsible governance of land and natural resources tenure and increase food security in developing countries.

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ASEAN Ministers Call for Sharing of Land Use Maps to Combat Forest Fire Haze [viewed]

Asean2 April 2014: Environment Ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have called for the sharing of land use maps and information on "hotspots" contributing to forest fires and smoke haze, to enable monitoring and management of transboundary haze pollution in the sub-region.

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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