Capacity Building & Education

UN and Sesame Street Muppet Launch Campaign to End Open Defecation [viewed]

United Nations28 May 2014: The UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, officially launched a campaign to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation and 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation, with consequences for their dignity, health and security, particularly for women and girls.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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FAO Supports Identification of Deep-Sea Species [viewed]

FAO28 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first in a series of guides meant to assist with the identification and reporting of deep-sea by-catch, especially in regard to sharks, rays, skates, chimaeras and cold water corals. The first manual in the series focuses on cartilaginous species in the Indian Ocean. 

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SAVE FOOD Initiative Releases Guidance on Preventing Food Waste [viewed]

think.eat.save23 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have released a tool, titled ‘Think.Eat.Save Guidance Version 1.0.' The tool is part of the SAVE FOOD Initiative and the FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. 

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UNCCD Convenes Eight Capacity Building Workshops for National Reporting [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Mechanism offered a series of eight workshops between April and May 2014, to build parties' capacity to undertake the 2014 national reporting exercise.

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World Fish Migration Day Highlights Imperiled Migrations [viewed]

World Fish Migration Day24 May 2014: On World Fish Migration Day, a coalition of non-governmental organizations and local groups came together to celebrate events under the theme 'Connecting Fish, Rivers and People,' and raise awareness on conserving freshwater migratory fish and free flowing rivers.

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IFPRI Paper Considers Implications of Legal Aid Services for Women's Land Rights in East Africa [viewed]

IFPRI LogoMay 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a paper, titled ‘Implications of community-based legal aid regulation on women's land rights.' The paper explores the emergence of community-based legal aid (CBLA) programs as a strategy for bridging gaps between customary justice mechanisms and formal law and for improving access to legal services in rural areas.

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SPREP Supports Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa [viewed]

SPREP23 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has undertaken initiatives to promote Natural Solutions for Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa. In Kiribati, SPREP has implemented Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) activities, such as planting natural vegetation, monitoring key sites, and controlling erosion with natural materials.

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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EU Launches B4Life Initiative [viewed]

European Union 22 May 2014: The EU has launched Biodiversity for Life (B4Life), a EuropeAid's flagship initiative meant to forge cross-sector partnerships to tackle biodiversity-related issues. In its purview, B4Life will include projects that increase monitoring and information sharing in the fight against wildlife crime. 

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