National Action

SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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ACTO Environment Ministers Discuss FME 18, Rio+20, Amazon Agenda [viewed]

3 February 2012: The environment ministers of the eight Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries met informally during the 18th session of the Forum of Environment Ministers (FME 18) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to discuss common stances on the Forum and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), as well as to prepare for the upcoming Meeting of ACTO Environment Ministers on Rio+20 and the Amazon Cooperation Strategic Agenda (AECA).

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Workshop Discusses Policy Support Challenges Facing the IPBES [viewed]

23 January 2012: An international workshop on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has addressed neutrality in science, called for transparency and a balanced IPBES, and discussed the inclusion of indigenous and other types of knowledge. The workshop sought to provide input to the intersessional process on the establishment of IPBES.

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Tiger Range States Agree to Tighter Controls, Increased Cross-Border Cooperation [viewed]

14 February 2012: At an international seminar on tiger crime, police and customs heads from 13 tiger range countries agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border cooperation to curb the illegal smuggling of tigers and other critically endangered species. The agreement addressed cross-border action points, opportunities and cooperation strategies.

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Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge Elects President [viewed]

13 February 2012: The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) regional platform has elected Wills Agricole of Seychelles as its President. The WIO-CC aims to mobilize countries to come together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including by responding to the threat posed by climate change over the next 20 years. Focused on marine and coastal zones, the Challenge is set to build on efforts of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and Nairobi Convention.

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First Eco-Audit Finds Insufficient Protection of Mesoamerican Reef [viewed]

7 February 2012: A first-ever eco-audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) system off the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico has found that, despite some positive steps, much more needs to be done to protect Latin America's largest reef system. 

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CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has awarded over US$1.3 million in grants to 18 projects that will support communities in Canada, Mexico and the US in their efforts to address environmental problems at the local level.

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AfDB Loan to Increase Access to Water, Sanitation in Northern Nigeria [viewed]

AfDB16 February 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB), through the African Development Fund, has approved a US$100 million loan for a water supply expansion and sanitation project in Zaria city, Northern Nigeria. The loan, expected to improve access for over 1.4 million people, will be used to counteract constant water shortages through rehabilitating, expanding and constructing water and sanitation in Zaria.

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Nauru Adopts National Water Policy [viewed]

13 February 2012: The National Cabinet of Nauru officially adopted the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy, as a part of the country's climate change adaptation efforts.

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DEFRA Supports "GDP+," Previews UK's Ambitions for Rio+20 [viewed]

defra9 February 2012: Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), highlighted the UK's ambitions for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including giving prominence to valuing nature by moving away from Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the sole indicator of progress, through a proposal called GDP+, which would encourage countries to account for the value of their natural resources and social well being.

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