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Environment-focused Events in Singapore Address Urban Sustainability [viewed]

worldcities5 June 2014: Three events, the World Cities Summit (WCS), the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit (CESS) 2014, have brought together over 20,000 participants in Singapore, including 30 Ministers and 130 mayors, to share experiences and technological innovations, create partnerships and to discuss innovative, integrated solutions for sustainable urbanization and water management.

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IDMP Releases 10-Step Process for Drought Management Policy [viewed]

GWP WMO28 May 2014: The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), a joint Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) project, has released a publication titled 'National Drought Management Policy Guidelines: A Template for Action.' The guidelines provide a 10-step process for policymakers to design drought management, preparedness and mitigation plans.

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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Bolivia Recognizes Custodian Farmers in the Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

iniaf30 May 2014: The Bolivian National Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF) has recognized "custodian farmers" as key actors in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, giving them equal status to gene bank managers in the Bolivian National Plant Genetic Resources System.

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ASEAN WEN Discusses Enforcement, Marks 20th Anniversary of Viet Nam's Accession to CITES [viewed]

asean-wen29 May 2014: The 9th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN WEN) discussed, among other issues, the enhanced enforcement efforts being taken by Viet Nam to combat illegal wildlife trade and to suppress demand for illegally traded products.

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FAO Issues Agriculture Brief in Advance of Bonn Climate Talks [viewed]

FAO29 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a brief, titled ‘Agriculture at the UN Climate Change Talks,' in advance of the Bonn Climate Change Conference taking place from 4-15 June in Bonn, Germany. The brief, which is targeted at an audience with a particular interest in agriculture and land-use issues, highlights the meeting context, key issues for agriculture and land use and areas where agriculture will be directly and indirectly addressed during the discussions, including both negotiations and side events.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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UNCCD Convenes Eight Capacity Building Workshops for National Reporting [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Mechanism offered a series of eight workshops between April and May 2014, to build parties' capacity to undertake the 2014 national reporting exercise.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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