Cooperation & Partnerships

Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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AgWA Meeting Discusses Agricultural Water Management [viewed]

FAO20 March 2014: The Partnership for Agricultural Water for Africa (AgWA) Steering Committee and Partners Meeting took place recently to review AgWA activities from 2012-2013 and discuss activities for the period 2014-2015 and agree on how to move forward.

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UNECE Presents Model Provisions for Transboundary Groundwater Management [viewed]

UNECE2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report, titled 'Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters,' which seeks to improve transboundary water management in the context of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). The report includes nine provisions for the management of transboundary groundwater along with commentary and encourages their use by states sharing transboundary groundwater.

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Cubango-Okavango River Audit Released by FAO, OKACOM [viewed]

okacom-fao2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) published a synthesis report on the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project, which synthesizes sixteen basin and country-level thematic reports. The report includes an introduction presenting the basin and OKACOM, water audits and the methodology, other sections address: trends in water resources availability; water use in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin; the value and costs of water resources; the policy environment; policy options; and conclusions and recommendations.

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Event: EUROBATS MOP 7 [viewed]

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS MOP 7) will discuss the conservation, management and threats to bats in Europe.  

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WorldFish, FAO and Earth Observatory of Singapore Will Produce Roadmap for Future of Fish [viewed]

fao-worldfish28 April 2014: The Government of the Netherlands and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced their support for a partnership between the WorldFish Center and the Earth Observatory of Singapore. The two organizations will collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to produce a roadmap for the "Future of Fish."

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IUCN Announces Transboundary Asian Partnership for Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN28 April 2014: Representatives from 12 Asian countries and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have established the Asia Protected Areas Partnership. Japan will serve as the first country co-chair of this transboundary partnership, along with IUCN.  

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Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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Chinese Companies Learn from Central Africa's Experience in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC25 April 2014: With Asian countries serving as the primary destination for Congo Basin forest products, often extracted by Asian companies with limited understanding of local language and procedures, the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) organized a workshop to provide Chinese logging companies with greater information on forest certification and legality processes in Central Africa.

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Event: Third Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week [viewed]

The Third Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week will take place under the theme, "Partnerships for Green Growth and Water Security". Participants will share case studies on collaborative approaches to water investment projects for cities and river basins from Asia and the Netherlands. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Water Education (IHE) are organizing the workshop under their water knowledge partnership. The workshop is targeted to project teams from ADB's Water Financing Program 2011-2020 that are interested in cooperation on new or ongoing urban and basin water projects.  

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