National Action

SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter [viewed]

sprep_csiro8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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Mediterranean SCP Center Documents PCBs Applications, Advises on Waste Management [viewed]

SCP/RAC6 May 2015: The Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) has compiled applications of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for owners and public officials, as part of its collaboration with the PCBs component of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded MedPartnership project for the Environmentally Sound Management of equipment, stocks and wastes containing or contaminated by PCBs in national electricity companies of Mediterranean countries. The SCP/RAC is a Stockholm Convention Regional Center, focusing on cooperation with Mediterranean countries.

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China [viewed]

GEF30 April 2015: The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Contaminated Site Management Project to help clean up contaminated sites and improve soil pollution management in two provinces in China. Qing Wang, World Bank, said the project will help the Government of China sustainably manage contaminated sites and reduce environmental and health risks, while contributing to China's implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on the Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Tropical Landscapes Summit Highlights Green Investment Opportunities [viewed]

tropical_landscapes_summit29 April 2015: The Government of Indonesia, in collaboration with the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), brought together business leaders, government officials and representative of international organizations and civil society to discuss opportunities for private sector engagement in the green economy.

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High-Level Dialogue Renews Commitment to REDD+ in Zambia [viewed]

zambia_unredd_undp28 April 2015: The Government of Zambia, in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), held a high-level dialogue to review its national REDD+ strategy. The dialogue reaffirmed the political commitment to the REDD+ process in Zambia and the associated target to achieve a climate change resilient economy by 2030.

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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US, Colombia, Designate Ramsar Sites Ahead of COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar27 April 2015: The Governments of Colombia and the US have designated new Ramsar sites, ahead of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP 12) in June 2015.

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WAVES Highlights African and Australian NCA-Related Events and Publications [viewed]

wavesApril 2015: The World Bank recently hosted a two-day event, titled 'Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Government, Business, and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions,' as reported in the April edition of the WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) newsletter. The meeting, which convened from 8-9 April 2015 in Washington DC, US, brought together representatives from the public, business and finance sectors to align approaches on accounting for natural capital, build consensus and establish priorities to work together.

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EU Joins CITES; Funds National Park Management in Gabon [viewed]

eu_citesApril 2015: The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the 181st Party. The EU is the first regional economic integration organization (REIO) to accede to the Convention since the Gaborone amendment, which permitted REIO accession, came into effect on 29 November 2013.

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