Capacity Building & Education

Cubango-Okavango River Audit Released by FAO, OKACOM [viewed]

okacom-fao2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) published a synthesis report on the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project, which synthesizes sixteen basin and country-level thematic reports. The report includes an introduction presenting the basin and OKACOM, water audits and the methodology, other sections address: trends in water resources availability; water use in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin; the value and costs of water resources; the policy environment; policy options; and conclusions and recommendations.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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UN-REDD Highlights Agreement with Indigenous Peoples in Panama [viewed]

unredd29 April 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the first issue of its 2014 newsletter, which highlights an agreement between the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) and the Government of Panama's National Environment Authority (ANAM). 

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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CBD Requests Reports on the Status of Capacity Building for Biosafety [viewed]

CBD24 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to submit information on the status of implementation of the Framework and Action Plan for Capacity-Building for the Effective Implementation of the Protocol.

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GSP ITPS Endorses Plans of Action on Soils Pillars [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)28 April 2014: At its Second Working Session, the Global Soil Partnership's (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) endorsed Plans of Action for three Pillars on: promoting the sustainable management of soil resources (Pillar 1); encouraging investment, technical cooperation, policy and education awareness (Pillar 2); and on the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources (Pillar 5).

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IUCN Announces Transboundary Asian Partnership for Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN28 April 2014: Representatives from 12 Asian countries and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have established the Asia Protected Areas Partnership. Japan will serve as the first country co-chair of this transboundary partnership, along with IUCN.  

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Panama Releases Map to Guide REDD+, Watershed Management [viewed]

mapamapalight24 April 2014: Panama has released a map detailing its forest cover and land use as part of its commitments as a Partner Country of the UN-REDD Programme.

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UNECE/FAO Support Contribution of Forests to Kazakhstan's Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECE24 April 2014: Stemming in part from the 2013 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' Kazakhstan, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, will develop an action plan to increase the contribution of its forests to the development of a green economy.

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Chinese Companies Learn from Central Africa's Experience in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC25 April 2014: With Asian countries serving as the primary destination for Congo Basin forest products, often extracted by Asian companies with limited understanding of local language and procedures, the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) organized a workshop to provide Chinese logging companies with greater information on forest certification and legality processes in Central Africa.

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