Capacity Building & Education

Event: International Forests and Water Dialogue [viewed]

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

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Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 [viewed]

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2015 Day will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' to reflect the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN post-2015 development agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration at the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Event: 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

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Event: Asia Regional Capacity-building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Asian Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to implement the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress by effectively integrating biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans. The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation and identify opportunities and means to foster regional cooperation.  

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COMIFAC Quarterly Report Highlights Biodiversity-Related Activities [viewed]

COMIFACJanuary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) released a summary of its activities covering the period July to September 2014. The summary highlights progress in the implementation of the COMIFAC ‘Convergence Plan' including the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.

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ITTO Update Explores Importance of Value-Added Enterprises [viewed]

IttoJanuary 2015: The last 2014 issue of Tropical Forest Update, published by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), focuses on value-added timber based industries in tropical countries. The update notes that such "downstream" industries can support sustainable forest management (SFM), provide significant livelihood and employment benefits and contribute to national economies.

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WDCD 2015 Slogan and Theme Announced [viewed]

unccdlandJanuary 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan of the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is observed worldwide on 17 June, will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils.' With a focus on the "attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems," WDCD 2015 will aim to strengthen links between the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on eradicating hunger and restoring degraded land and soil.

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Event: International Mountain Day [viewed]

The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.  

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ABNJ Tuna Project to Provide Guidance on Addressing IUU Fishing [viewed]

FAO29 December 2014: Implementing port State measures is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the world's tuna resources, according to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna Project. The project is preparing a publication that highlights the role of port State measures in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in both national jurisdictions and the high seas.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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