National Action

World Bank Reports on Reforestation Benefits in Rio de Janeiro [viewed]

World Bank11 November 2013: The World Bank has reported on the impacts of reforestation efforts around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including species recovery, reduced vulnerability to natural disasters, and new economic benefits from the generation of carbon credits.

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CPF Launches Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security [viewed]

iufro-cpf7 November 2013: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has announced the launch of an assessment of forests and food security under the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Global Forests Expert Panel (GFEP).

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Costa Rica Joins ITTA, 2006 [viewed]

ITTO FAO6 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced the accession of the sixty-seventh Party, Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006).

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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Austria Provides US$2.2 Million through CBD LifeWeb Initiative [viewed]

LifeWeb31 October 2013: The Government of Austria has approved funding of US$2.2 million through the LifeWeb Initiative to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through projects in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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FAO Recommends Actions for Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on Forests [viewed]

FAO1 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Governments of Germany and Japan, has published a report, titled ‘Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests.'

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CIF Approves Forest Funding for Peru and Energy Access in Liberia [viewed]

CIF30 October 2013: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Sub-Committee Meetings concluded with endorsement of the final pilot country plan from Peru for $50 million under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the endorsement of Liberia's $50 million investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The FIP also approved $16.45 million to support forest and climate information gathering and systematization in Brazil.  

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Japan Ratifies ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR28 October 2013: Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the total number of Parties to 130.

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