National Action

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.  

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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).

read more »

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).

read more »

UNESCO Adds 13 Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO12 June 2014: The International Coordinating Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme has added 13 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Network now includes 631 sites in 119 countries, including 14 transboundary reserves.

read more »

World Bank Announces GEF Grants for Pollution Control Activities in the Adriatic Sea [viewed]

World Bank11 June 2014: The World Bank has announced the approval of two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants for the Adriatic Sea Environmental Pollution Control Project for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The project will focus on reducing the discharge of pollutants into the Adriatic Sea and strengthen government capacity to monitor sea water quality.

read more »

Asian Shark Fishing and Trading States Adopt Xiamen Declaration [viewed]

CITES12 June 2014: A regional workshop for key Asian shark fishing and trading States reviewed the status of sharks as well as the legal, administrative and management regimes for shark fisheries. Participants assessed the challenges and opportunities afforded by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) marine species listings.

read more »