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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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Estonia Designates Three Mire Complexes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated three mire complexes as new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to 16.

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CBD Mediterranean Workshop Considers Local and National Action for Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD19 January 2012: Held from 17-19 January 2012, in Montpellier, France, the "Mediterranean Regional Workshop for Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Coordinating Local and National Action in the Mediterranean Basin" was co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the City of Montpellier, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Japan Fund for Biodiversity.

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US Appeals Tuna-Dolphin Decision at WTO [viewed]

20 January 2012: The World Trade Organization (WTO) was informed by the United States that it will appeal the results of the new round of disputes on the WTO's "Tuna-Dolphin" case. The WTO's panel report had found that the US' provisions on dolphin-safe labeling of tuna were more trade-restrictive than necessary, and that Mexico had provided a less-restrictive alternative also capable of dolphin protection and informing consumers.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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UN/ISDR Stresses Importance of DRR Following Thailand Floods [viewed]

23 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), met with Thai officials to discuss new government proposals on risk management and urged government support for business and community disaster risk management plans.

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AfDB Supports Tunisian Wastewater Treatment Project [viewed]

AfDB11 January 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of 64.45 million Tunisian Dinars  (€32.45 million) for a wastewater treatment project. The project aims to improve the quality of waste water that will serve for the irrigation of 5,000 hectares of agricultural land.

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UNCCD Introduces Changes to PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

23 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that many innovations have been introduced in the performance review and assessment of implementation system (PRAIS) based on decisions taken at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10).

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Japan Supports ITTO/CBD Initiative on Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

25 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan have signed a letter of understanding for US$3.6 million to implement a capacity-building programme in five Congo Basin countries on sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity conservation.

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