National Action

Biosafety Protocol Framework and Action Plan for Capacity Building Released [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)4 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the second edition of the 'Framework and Action Plan for Capacity-Building for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2012-2020)', which aims to facilitate the implementation of the capacity building components of the Protocol's Strategic Plan.

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World Bank, IFC Make the Business Case for Sanitation in Africa [viewed]

IFC WSPDecember 2013: The World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have released a report, titled 'Selling Sanitation: Catalyzing the Market for Household Sanitation in Africa.' The publication explains why sanitation matters, who can benefit from selling sanitation, and the market transformation approach.

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Polar Bear Forum Adopts Declaration, Commits to Completion of 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan [viewed]

polarbearlogo4 December 2013: Ministers from the five polar bear range States have signed a declaration to further polar bear conservation. The declaration recognizes the importance of work over the last forty years and commits to further conservation measures in the context of sustainable livelihoods. Parties have committed to completing a Circumpolar Action Plan by 2015, which will provide for measured and concerted actions to ensure the long-term conservation of the species.

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Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya [viewed]

AEWA5 December 2013: Egypt, with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has agreed to a Plan of Action to ensure that the practice of bird trapping in Egypt and Libya is both sustainable and legal, and to implement efforts to better understand current trends in hunting and trapping. 

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FAO Guidelines Address Agricultural Water Pollution in China [viewed]

FAODecember 2013: Describing the key pressures and impacts on water quality from agricultural and rural activities in China, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a set of guidelines that propose good agricultural practices, as well as economic and regulatory actions to minimize pollution.

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ECLAC Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Grain Production in Central America [viewed]

ECLAC29 November 2013: The Subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) issued a study finding substantial potential climate change impacts on basic grains production in the seven countries of Central America, and suggesting possible strategies to promote adaptation.

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CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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Event: Eleventh UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Policy Board to the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) will consider the semi-annual progress update including country specific reports on implementation of the UN-REDD national programmes, and the outcomes of the Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA). The meeting will also consider the formal programme submission from Bangladesh, as well as project proposals from Argentina and Cote d'Ivoire and the mid-term evaluation from Panama.  

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African Countries to Bolster Private Sector's Role in Climate Action [viewed]

CIF AFDB28 November 2013: With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), six African countries won a global competition run by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to provide dedicated funding to engage the private sector in effective climate solutions.

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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