Capacity Building & Education

Central Asian Countries Collaborate on Climate Resilience [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: The Second Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum, organized under the theme ‘Moving Towards Regional Climate Resilience,' was organized by the World Bank and brought together over 100 policymakers and practitioners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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GEF Supports PICs in UNCCD [viewed]

gef-unccd16 May 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) and Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have held a series of workshops to inform participants on the reporting system of the Convention and to discuss opportunities to promote its implementation through a regional resource mobilization strategy for Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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Event: Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop [viewed]

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop will bring together representatives from the 12 range States to advance implementation of the GSLEP. The meeting is organized by Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative, Snow Leopard Trust, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID, among others,  

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ILC Mid-Term Review Assesses Progress in Achieving Strategic Framework's Objectives [viewed]

ILCApril 2014: An Independent Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the ‘2011-2015 Strategic Framework of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Management Response' has been carried out.

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UNCCD Announces Members of Science-Policy Interface, South Sudan Becomes 195th Party [viewed]

UNCCD logo22 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the selection of the members of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI). The SPI was called for at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), to facilitate a science-policy dialogue and to ensure that the COP receives policy-relevant information, knowledge and advice on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) issues.

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FLEUVE Pursues SLM Finance in Five African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)21 May 2014: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE) has held its First Consultative Stakeholder meeting, where project partners assessed the initiative's progress and discussed opportunities for planning and financing sustainable land development (SLM) in five African countries.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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GWP Annual Report Highlights Water Security and Post-2015 Work [viewed]

GWP Global logotype20 May 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released its 2013 Annual Report, titled ‘GWP In Action.' The report emphasizes the partnership's contributions to the UN consultations on water security, in particular assessment of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and participation in the process to define the post-2015 development agenda.

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African Summit Calls for Water Integrity to Ensure Water Security [viewed]

africa-water-integrity-summitMay 2014: Participants from Eastern, Southern and Western Africa called for increased attention to integrity issues in the water sector at the First African Water Integrity Summit. The Summit agreed on a Lusaka Statement that was submitted to the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) for its consideration.

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