Capacity Building & Education

PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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Event: Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014 [viewed]

The first Africa Conference on Land Grabs will explore the theme 'Governance, Beneficiation and Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric' through interactive, peer-reviewed parallel sessions. The conference will provide a platform for government officials, writers, academics, businesses, funders and other stakeholders to exchange views in five tracks: Understanding Land Grabs: What implications for Africa?; Community Involvement, Accountability and Beneficiation; Water Access, Food Security and the Future of Commons; Private Sector, Foreign Ownership and Sustainable Development; and Strengthening Land Governance (local, national and continental) and Cadastral Capacity. Scholarships are available for participants, with priority for individuals who will bring knowledge and skills gained at the conference to work in their communities.  

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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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UNESCO Sub-Commission Calls for Creation of Ocean Observation Network for Indo-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO IOC30 April 2014: The 9th International Scientific Symposium of the Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted a Joint Directors' Statement in line with the meeting's theme, ‘A Healthy and Safe Ocean for Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.' Eighteen directors of marine research institutes signed the statement at a one-day open-ended Research Directors' Forum held during the symposium, which convened 45 representatives and experts from scientific, academic, and operational organizations to advance collaboration on marine observations in the region.

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Forest Communicators Network Aims to Broaden Reach with Simpler Messaging [viewed]

forest-communicators-networkd29 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Team of Specialists on Forest Communication (also known as the Forest Communicators' Network or FCN) met to discuss opportunities and challenges for communicating on forest-related issues. The meeting stressed the importance of adapting messages to different audiences and focused on the best use of social media and innovative communication approaches.

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Bioversity Builds Farmers' Capacity to Select and Produce Seeds in India [viewed]

Bioversity International29 April 2014: Bioversity International has conducted a range of activities as part of its Seeds for Needs Initiative, including a field day and training workshops for 1700 farmers in India.

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GWP Paper Examines IWRM in the Caribbean [viewed]

GWP Global logotype25 April 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a technical focus paper, titled 'Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Caribbean: The Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which assesses measures taken and progress made since the integration of water and coastal resources management was made a priority in the Caribbean region by the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1998.

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ADB Assesses Inadequate Water and Sanitation in Kiribati [viewed]

ADBApril 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report, titled 'Economic Costs of Inadequate Water and Sanitation: South Tarawa, Kiribati,' which analyzes the situation of water supply and sanitation in South Tarawa, and highlights that population increases have stressed public infrastructure and that Kiribati is not on track to meet relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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SIDS Workshop Addresses Energy and Water Regulation [viewed]

spc-adbApril 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) published results of the Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Energy and Water Services. The conference aimed to promote South-South cooperation on regulation of energy and water utilities services in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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