National Action

US DOE Calls for Integrated Approaches to Water-Energy Nexus [viewed]

doe18 June 2014: The water-energy nexus calls for the urgent adoption of integrated and proactive approaches to address the mounting complexities of climate change, population growth and technological development, according to a report released by the US Department of Energy (US DOE). The report presents an array of technical and operational challenges at regional, national and local scales, as well as a strategy for addressing them.

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Pacific Countries Announce Financial Contributions to Address IAS [viewed]

SPREP23 June 2014: Palau and Tonga have both announced financial commitments to address invasive alien species (IAS). These commitments will contribute to a Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) regional project on IAS, including the development and implementation of National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plans (NISSAPs) in Pacific countries.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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Event: Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week [viewed]

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

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World Bank Reports Highlight Investment Gaps for Water and Sanitation Goals in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama [viewed]

World Bank13 June 2014: El Salvador, Honduras and Panama will need an additional US$864 million in annual investment to meet their national goals for water and sanitation, according to the findings of the Monitoring Progress of the Country in Water and Sanitation (MAPAS) programme. The programme released three reports, which examine bottlenecks in water and sanitation service delivery and identify reforms to efficiently convert funding into quality, sustainable services for the poor.

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GEF Report Reviews Impacts of Land Management Financing [viewed]

GEF17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched its published portfolio review of two financing windows for combating land degradation. The review analyzed the catalytic effect of the GEF's integrated ecosystem management and landscape approach.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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UNCCD Announces 2014 Land for Life Award [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced two winners of the 2014 Land for Life Award: the Conservation Organisation for Afghan Mountains Areas (COAM), Afghanistan, and Green Asia Network (GAN), Republic of Korea. Each winner will receive US$35,000.

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CIFOR Counters Misconceptions on Artisanal Logging in DRC [viewed]

CIFOR17 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the results of a three-year long study, which concludes that, if well managed, artisanal logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could sustain thousands of livelihoods and contribute to sustainable forest management (SFM).

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UNECA Reports on Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNECA10 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a report detailing the state of energy access and security in 14 Eastern African countries. The report finds that Eastern Africa's population has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, ranging from 1% in the State of South Sudan (9.3 million people without access) to 22.5% in Ethiopia (nearly 64.5 million without access).

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