National Action

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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Panama's UN-REDD Programme Resumes with Renewed Focus on Indigenous Rights [viewed]

unredd10 December 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that the UN-REDD National Joint Programme of Panama will resume, following consultations between Panama's National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the National Coordinating Entity of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP).

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UNDP, SIWI Recommend Groundwater Governance Reform in India [viewed]

undp-siwi-water governanceDecember 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility (WGF) at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) released a report arguing for reform of groundwater governance in India, and outlining current challenges, barriers and capacity building needs. 

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UNDP, SIWI Map Capacity Building Efforts to Address Corruption in the Water Sector [viewed]

undp-siwi-water governanceDecember 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) released a collection of national case studies of how integrity, responsibility, accountability and transparency are being addressed in the water sector in eight Latin American countries, as a basis for building capacity to combat corruption.

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GWF Showcases Solutions to Peri-Urban Water Access in South Asia [viewed]

Global Water ForumDecember 2013: The Global Water Forum (GWF) published a discussion paper that examines transboundary solutions to the peri-urban water access deficit in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) using case study examples from Bangladesh and India.

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FCPF Adopts Methodological Framework, Norway Pledges $100 Million [viewed]

Forest Carbon16 December 2013: The Eighth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF8) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the Methodological Framework, which presents a set of rules guiding the finance of large-scale investments in tropical forest conservation and restoration.

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UN-HABITAT, UNDP, FAO Pilot Land Management for Conflict Resolution in the Congo [viewed]

fao-undp-unhabitat11 December 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) have jointly initiated a pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to test integrated land tenure as a means to advance peace and social cohesion in the country.

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Metsä2013 Adopts the Rovaniemi Action Plan [viewed]

metsa201313 December 2013: Metsä2013, the 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 (EFC) announced the adoption of the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.'

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European Forest Week Highlights Forests in the Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECE13 December 2013: The European Forest Week, which convened from 9-13 December 2013, featured events around Europe, including a series of activities in Rovaniemi, Finland, that addressed issues such as the European Union - the Russian Federation Cooperation for forest governance, local forest management best practices, the history and future of sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and payments for forest ecosystem services.

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