National Action

Event: Towards a CMS Programme of Work on Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop will be convened by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) appointed Councilor for Climate Change, Colin Galbraith, in collaboration with the CMS Secretariat and Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), and with the support of Germany and Monaco. The goal of the workshop, pursuant to CMS COP Resolution 10.19, is to prepare a CMS Programme of Work on climate change and migratory species, through opportunities to share experiences and best practices, with regards to the impact of climate change on migratory species. The workshop will also assist Parties in developing national guidelines on measures to assist migratory species to adapt to climate change. The results of the workshop will be delivered to the Scientific Council and the eleventh meeting of the CMS COP (CMS COP11), as well as to the relevant bodies of other institutions including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). National Focal Points (NFPs) are invited to nominate an expert on climate change to participate in this workshop, by 1 March 2014.  

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EU/FAO Issue Call for Proposals on FLEGT [viewed]

FAO22 January 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced a call for proposals under the EU/FAO Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme. Eligible countries include those not engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with grant amounts up to €100,000.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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Congo Basin Countries Consider Trans-boundary Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

cbfp17 January 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the review of the feasibility of establishing a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world biosphere reserve in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo.

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UNCCD Offers E-Learning on Role of National Focal Point [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 January 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has developed an e-learning course on 'The role of the National Focal Point (NFP) to the UNCCD.' The course will address topics including: the bodies of the convention; the role of the NFP at the national, sub-regional and regional level; the role of the NFP in the UNCCD reporting process; and the role of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP).

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ITPGR Training Workshop for Asia Report Available Online [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: Titled 'Enhancing Capacities to Understand and Implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Report of an International Training Workshop,' and published by Bioversity International, this report documents a training course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Two French Collections of Forages and Potato Included in the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: France has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) that two new collections of forages and potato are now included in the ITPGR Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing and available for transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will focus on the preparation of the fifth national reports under the CBD, including: assessing the status and trends of, and threats to, biodiversity; implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and biodiversity mainstreaming; and assessing progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets and relevant 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the pilot online reporting system to monitor progress on implementation.  

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UN-REDD, Kenya Assess REDD+ Corruption Risk [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme14 January 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has reported that Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has launched 'A Corruption Risk Assessment for REDD+ in Kenya.' The study was conducted by the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) with the support of the UN-REDD Programme with engagement of Kenya's Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.

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Italy Supports Bioversity International Research on Conservation of Crop Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International14 January 2014: The Government of Italy has made a pledge of support to Bioversity International to boost its research on the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural systems, including wild relatives of crops.

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