Capacity Building & Education

ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Summary on Ecosystems with High-carbon Reservoirs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, held on 24–25 October 2013, in Bonn, Germany.

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IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area [viewed]

iisd_logo1 April 2014: The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique, whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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Event: Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue [viewed]

The Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue will take place under the theme ‘Making sanitation a sustainable business' and will focus on packaging sanitation and wastewater management projects as viable business opportunities. The conference aims to: raise awareness and capacity on sustainable sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s developing member countries (DMCs) through discussions on enabling policy environments and technologies and financing mechanisms that contribute to successful projects; enhance DMCs ability to conceive, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects; introduce options for holistic, integrated planning on wastewater, stormwater, flood management, reuse and recovery of resources from waste and green development, among others; and provide an opportunity for sharing on good practices and innovative solutions.  

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UNESCO Launches Ocean Acidification Website [viewed]

Unesco1 April 2014: Ocean acidification impacts are occurring across the globe, from small islands to large continents and from the tropics to the poles, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and its partners have launched a website that brings together information on ocean acidification, which is also described as the "other carbon dioxide problem."

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EC Supporting Global Soil Partnership Activities [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)March 2013: The European Commission (EC) will provide €1 million to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for three activities during 2014-2015. The EC financing will support the: work of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, including its 2014 working session; development of detailed, regional-level Implementation Plans for each GSP Pillar; and capacity building on digital soil mapping in Africa.

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Event: CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

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Event: Tenth Meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-building for Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will focus on options for strengthening the capacities of Parties to review and integrate their national measures for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes. The meeting will also consider ways and means of mobilizing new and additional resources to support the Protocol's national implementation.  

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Bioversity Presents Action Plan for Mesoamerican Biodiversity and Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International31 March 2014: Bioversity International has released the 'Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources (PRG) in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' (SAPM). SAPM provides a ten-year road map for PGR conservation and use as means to improve food security and realize agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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