National Action

As Hong Kong Crushes Stockpile, CITES Says Illegal Ivory Has No Commercial Value [viewed]

CITES15 May 2014: Hong Kong SAR has begun the destruction of 28 tons of illegal ivory, the world's largest illegal ivory stockpile and more than every other country in history combined. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), delivered a statement on the occasion. 

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Andean Countries Support Regional Mechanism for Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

fao-mountain14 May 2014: Government officials from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia expressed support for a regional mechanism to address the sustainable development of the Andean mountains at a meeting organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) and the Argentinean Mountain Committee. Participants agreed to define the mechanism's structure, governance, objectives and workplan and ensure its operation as soon as possible.

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ICRAF Partners for Agroforestry in Africa and Asia [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)14 May 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced a national partnership in Indonesia and a regional partnership in Africa. The partnerships aim to, respectively, provide farmers and communities with access to ICRAF research and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. 

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Kenya and China Sign Bilateral Agreements on Environment [viewed]

kenya-china10 May 2014: The Governments of Kenya and China have signed fifteen agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance bilateral cooperation on the environment, agriculture, health, transport, culture and investment. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the agreement signings in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 May 2014.

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CBD Releases Results of Survey on Biosafety Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the results and a preliminary analysis of a survey to assess the state of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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UNWTO Project Delivers Climate Adaptation, Mangrove Protection in Indonesia [viewed]

Unwto6 May 2014: Participants at the Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures (STREAM) project conference recognized its contributions to climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and coral reef and mangrove protection in Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia. 

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Event: CBD Workshops for East, South and Southeast Asia on South-South Cooperation and for Cities and Biodiversity [viewed]

These two workshops are organized in parallel by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with financial support from the government of China. The workshop on cities and biodiversity aims to provide participating local government representatives with an introduction to formulating local biodiversity strategies and action plans in line with the relevant national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), and will contribute to the work of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity. The South-South cooperation workshop on biodiversity for development aims to take stock of relevant scientific and technical cooperation initiatives and efforts in the region, to identify technical and scientific needs and opportunities for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to strengthen the capacity of developing countries in the region to implement the CBD multi-year action plan for South-South cooperation on biodiversity for development.  

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Nagoya Protocol Reaches 34 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 May 2014: Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Viet Nam ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in April 2014, followed by Denmark, which ratified on 1 May 2014, bringing the total number ratifications to 34.

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EU Program Applies Voluntary Guidelines to Strengthen Land Governance in Ten African Countries [viewed]

FAO EU16 April 2014: The EU has launched a program designed to improve the food security and land governance of family farmers in ten African countries. The project underscores the importance of secure land and resource tenure to the achievement of development goals.

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April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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