Capacity Building & Education

GSP Welcomes Establishment of Healthy Soils Facility [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)31 July 2014: The second Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) welcomed the establishment of the Healthy Soils Facility. The Facility, intended to constitute a major operational arm of the GSP, will accelerate momentum for action and cooperation on soils through a multi-partner platform meant to align resource partners and maintain the visibility of approved projects.

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Event: First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF) [viewed]

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing the 1st African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF), under the theme 'Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The three-day forum will aim to: support understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues; promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and share lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.  

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Event: Inter-Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with financial support from Japan. Through the inter-regional workshop, the CBD and UNEP-WCMC aim to explore the synergies between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and objectives of REDD+ to develop a coherent approach to landscape planning processes. The workshop aims to support Parties in: increasing coordination between REDD+ and CBD focal points through sharing experiences and knowledge; integrating REDD+ actions into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies; and demonstrating the appropriate data gathering processes, assessments, policies and other planning tools for implementing a coherent approach to REDD+ and NBSAPs. The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 'Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration.'  

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Event: Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration to Support Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is part of a series being organized with financial assistance from Japan, Germany, Canada and the Republic of Korea. Through the workshop, the Secretariat plans to offer capacity-building to Parties within an integrated and participatory approach to promote holistic planning and implementation at the landscape level. The workshop aims to offer support in: development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration; integration of these targets and plans into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and use of appropriate assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels. The Mesoamerican workshop will take place back-to-back with an Inter-Regional Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  

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UNEP, Brazil's ANA to Promote Water Quality through Regional Centre [viewed]

unep-ana5 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Brazil's National Water Agency (ANA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which ANA will host a regional center for water quality monitoring and become the national focal point for UNEP's Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water).

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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focuses on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.

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African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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IUCN Reports Pangolins Are on the Brink of Extinction [viewed]

IUCN29 July 2014: According to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction. The Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now classified as Critically Endangered.

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UN 'Water for Life' Best Practices Award Open for Nominations [viewed]

un.water.for.lifeJuly 2014: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) have announced that nominations are being accepted for the ‘Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award. This fifth edition of the award coincides with the culmination of the ‘Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015).

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Global Soil Partnership Launches Soil Day and Year Logos [viewed]

fao-globalsoil28 July 2014: During its Second Plenary Assembly, which convened from 22-24 July, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) endorsed the logo and themes for World Soil Day (WSD) 2014 and 2015, as well as the logo and Plan of Action for the International Year of Soils (IYS) in 2015. During the meeting, a video explaining the activities of the GSP Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was also launched.

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