Conservation

GEF Publishes Paper on Climate Resilient Development in Africa [viewed]

GEFNovember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a publication on climate resilient development in Africa focused on three initiatives - the Sahel program, the Lake Chad Basin program, and the Congo Basin program - and which addresses environmental challenges surrounding Africa's three vital resources, namely land, water, and forests.

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Event: Second Independent Scientific Workshop on Assessments in IPBES [viewed]

The Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in cooperation with the UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and UN University International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP). This workshop will seek to help develop an IPBES and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy. The outcomes of this workshop will be proposed to the second session of a plenary meeting on IPBES, to be held in April 2012.  

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CMS Sahelo-Saharan Project Welcomes Possible Nature Reserve Designation in Niger [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Steering Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes project in Niger has reviewed progress on anti-poaching activities and the planned designation of the Termit Tin Toumma area as a nature reserve.

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Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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SPC Releases Online Version of Pacific Forestry Book [viewed]

SPC17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has made available online its book on forestry in the Pacific, titled, “Foundation for a Sustainable Future,” which was produced to commemorate the 2011 International Year of Forests.

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Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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Atlantic Seamount First Addition to CBD EBSAs Repository [viewed]

CBD17 February 2012: The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean, has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Ramsar Launches Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes Series [viewed]

23 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) have announced the launch of Briefing Notes, a series of occasional communications on scientific and technical matters relevant to wetlands and implementation of the Convention.

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Ramsar Releases Paper on National Wetlands Committees [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released an information paper that showcases the approaches of six parties in creating and operating National Ramsar/wetlands Committees (NRCs).

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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