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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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UNESCAP, UN-HABITAT Workshop Discusses Decentralized Wastewater Management [viewed]

unescap-unhabitat21 March 2014: Improving sanitation and wastewater management benefits poor communities, especially women, and improves ecosystem and human health, according to participants at the Regional Policy Workshop of Stakeholders on Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems (DEWATS) in Southeast Asia.

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CCAFS, Guatemala Publish Report on Climate and Food Security [viewed]

CCAFS20 March 2014: Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released a report highlighting the diverse programmes and research being undertaken in Guatemala to cope with a changing climate.

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OECD Assesses Role of Water Governance in the Netherlands [viewed]

OECD17 March 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report, titled ‘Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?' which highlights ways to make the Dutch system more sustainable in light of climate change.

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ADB Showcases Sanitation and Wastewater Management Projects [viewed]

ADBMarch 2014: Sustainable sanitation is possible and can be replicated and scaled up, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, titled ‘From Toilets to Rivers: Experiences, New Opportunities and Innovative Solutions.' The report contains project briefs on case studies of good practices and models on sanitation and wastewater management from around the world.

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Event: FCPF Carbon Fund Ninth Meeting (CF9) [viewed]

The meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will review funding proposals from Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of the Congo. The meeting will also consider General Conditions of a future Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) and review the Pricing Approach.  

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First Meeting of G8 Food Security Working Group Focuses on Soil Fertility [viewed]

g8-russia5 March 2014: The first meeting of the G8 Food Security Working Group (FSWG) focused on the theme of soil degradation and actions the G8 could take to preserve soil fertility for future generations. Outcomes included the broad endorsement of a proposal by the Russian G8 Presidency to make healthy soils the group's focus of work for 2014.

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CIFOR Reports on USAID-funded REDD+ Project in Zambia [viewed]

Cifor-logoMarch 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a brochure that reports on the implementation of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Nyimba Forest Project in support of REDD+ in Zambia.

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Bioversity International Explores Dry Forest Restoration in Colombia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International released a poster report on best practices and protocols for ecosystem restoration in tropical dry forests in Colombia, where only 8% of original extent remains. The report notes the importance of selecting species and designing restoration interventions based on genetic considerations, species functional traits and the projected impacts of climate change. 

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