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UNEP, Brazil's ANA to Promote Water Quality through Regional Centre [viewed]

unep-ana5 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Brazil's National Water Agency (ANA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which ANA will host a regional center for water quality monitoring and become the national focal point for UNEP's Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water).

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UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.

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ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector [viewed]

Itto1 August 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16-31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.

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WorldFish Report Discusses Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Change in Kiribati [viewed]

WorldFishAugust 2014: WorldFish has released a report that examines fisheries governance and livelihoods in Kiribati. The report, titled ‘Fish for the Future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change,' analyzes the status of Kiribati coastal and ocean fisheries resources and discusses challenges related to sustainability and climate change; population, food security and coastal fisheries management; social challenges in Kiribati fisheries; and licensing revenue and development.

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Japan Notifies on Inclusion of 18,000 Samples into ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2014: Japan has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) about the inclusion of almost 18,000 samples of crop and forages into the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researchers.

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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focuses on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.

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Africa Water Forum Focuses on Access to Water For All [viewed]

Unesco31 July 2014: Participants discussed 'Access to water for all in Africa' at the second International Forum of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) official NGO partners. The Yamoussoukro Forum brought together representatives from international, regional and national NGOs with UN agencies and academia to share views on water and facilitate cooperation on innovative projects.

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IUCN Reports Pangolins Are on the Brink of Extinction [viewed]

IUCN29 July 2014: According to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction. The Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now classified as Critically Endangered.

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UN 'Water for Life' Best Practices Award Open for Nominations [viewed]

un.water.for.lifeJuly 2014: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) have announced that nominations are being accepted for the ‘Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award. This fifth edition of the award coincides with the culmination of the ‘Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015).

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Event: 75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

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