National Action

UNEP, CITES and Others Applaud China's Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles [viewed]

Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles6 January 2014: China, during a public ceremony held in Dongguan, destroyed 6.15 tonnes of seized elephant ivory accumulated through enforcement actions, indicating its commitment to address elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade. The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and TRAFFIC have lauded the event, the first of its kind in China.

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FAO Forest Newsletter Features Metsä2013 Outcomes [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the sixteenth edition of its newsletter on forests, InFO News, which features an editorial by Jan McAlpine, who recently completed her tenure as the Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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World Bank, GEF Support Land and Water Management in Sudan [viewed]

World Bank - GEF18 December 2013: The World Bank and Government of Sudan have signed a $7.74 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support integrated landscape management for sustainable livelihoods.

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International Forum on Wetlands Focuses on Impact Assessment [viewed]

Ramsar30 December 2013: The 'International Forum on Wetlands: Relevance of planning and environmental impact assessment on the conservation and wise use of wetlands' highlighted the importance of planning and assessing environmental impact to achieve wise use of wetlands in the Americas.

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Burkina Faso Joins FCPF [viewed]

World Bank AFDB20 December 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has announced the admittance of Burkina Faso as a REDD+ funding eligible country. The announcement was accompanied by US$3.8 million in funding to develop and begin implementation of a national REDD+ strategy.

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WSP Assesses Water Quality Interventions in Indonesia [viewed]

WSP19 December 2013: The World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ASB), has published an economic assessment of interventions to improve water quality in Indonesia, titled 'Downstream Impacts of Water Pollution in the Upper Citarum River, West Java, Indonesia.'

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UN-REDD Discusses Tenure Policy Issues [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on REDD+ and the tenure of land, forests and other natural resources. The brief highlights the contribution of tenure in identifying stakeholders and facilitating equitable benefit sharing in REDD+.

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The second and final preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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UNECE, University of Geneva Conference Showcases Public Participation in Freshwater Resources [viewed]

UNECE13 December 2013: The conference titled ‘Public participation and water resources management: Where do we stand in international law?' analyzed current trends and thinking on the role of non-state actors in managing freshwater resources. Participants shared experiences from ensuring public participation in freshwater resources, using examples from around the world.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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