Capacity Building & Education

Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project [viewed]

World Bank22 October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers.

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CITES Secretary-General Discusses Destruction of Confiscated Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

CITES20 October 2014: In a National Geographic editorial, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discusses the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

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CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition [viewed]

wmb-cms16 October 2014: The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 photo competition held under the campaign theme 'Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism' has concluded. Winners were picked from 37 photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different countries.

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Cap-Net Launches Virtual Campus with Pilot IWRM Course [viewed]

CAP NET UNDP14 October 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Cap-Net has launched a virtual campus as part of its strategy to explore diverse forms of media for capacity development and facilitate collaborative work among Cap-Net's Secretariat, network and other partners.

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ICLEI CBC Launches Project on Conservation in African Urban Environments [viewed]

iclei17 October 2014: At an event on the margins of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and partners, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), launched 'Urban Natural Assets for Africa' (UNA Africa). The project, which will support local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in sub-Saharan African cities, will be implemented under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS).

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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World Bank Study Tour Introduces Asian Participants to Dutch Flood Management [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: Decision makers and practitioners from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in a World Bank supported study tour to the Netherlands to learn about water resources management and flood protection.

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Event: Regional Workshop for NENA countries on Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies [viewed]

The UN-Water Initiative is organizing a regional workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries under its ‘Capacity Development to Support Drought Management Policies' Initiative. The initiative aims to increase the capacity of developing countries and countries in transition to develop risk-based national drought management policies. UN-Water and its partners are holding a series of regional workshops in drought-prone regions in 2013 and 2014, which will culminate in a final, international conference. The workshop is co-organized with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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