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October-November 2015 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_updateNovember 2015: This update provides information on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, including NAMAs seeking support for preparation and implementation, and related support, events and activities, for the period from October to November 2015.

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World Forum on Natural Capital Issues Open Letter to World Leaders [viewed]

unep_natural_capital27 November 2015: The 2nd World Forum on Natural Capital, held under the theme 'Solutions for a changing world,' discussed ways to help business and sustainability leaders identify the economic importance of protecting and restoring the natural environment. Delegates to the Forum were invited to sign a letter urging world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris “to acknowledge and address the fact that climate change cannot be tackled without halting the rapid erosion and loss of natural capital.”

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CIFOR Publishes Study on Sustainability Standards in Indonesian Palm Oil Production [viewed]

CIFORNovember 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium has published a study on the uptake of sustainability standards in the Indonesian palm oil sector. The paper identifies factors that affect the implementation of sustainability standards, including business risk, shareholder interests, interactions among motivations, diversity in producers and the facilitating role of government.

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World Toilet Day Event Focuses on Sanitation and Nutrition [viewed]

un-water19 November 2015: A panel discussion organized by UN-Water and the Permanent Mission of Singapore, on the occasion of World Toilet Day, focused on ‘Toilets and Health: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition.' Participants highlighted that the lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.

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World Toilet Day 2015 Highlights WASH, Nutrition and Health Links [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2015: On the occasion of World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November, the UN urged people to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), focusing on the links between sanitation and nutrition and highlighting the importance of toilets to improved health.

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IWC Workshop in Oman Focuses on Entanglement and Stranding Responses [viewed]

iwc18 November 2015: Participants at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) entanglement training workshop in Oman had the opportunity to put their training into practice when 36 spinner dolphins became beached near the workshop. The one-week workshop trained participants from Oman in a range of techniques for effective entanglement and stranding responses, using both classroom and boat-based exercises.

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CCAFS Outlines Six Steps to Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSNovember 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has pubished a booklet on six steps needed to achieve climate resilience in agriculture while also reducing agricultural emissions. Using examples from five years of CCAFS research, the booklet lays out how actions on disseminating technology, promoting insurance, delivering climate forecasts, enhancing national enabling environments, informing global policies and processes, and scaling up investments in climate smart-agriculture contribute to making the world's poorest farmers more climate resilient.

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CBD Business Newsletter Focuses on Private Sector Engagement in ABS [viewed]

CBDNovember 2015: The November 2015 edition of Business 2020, a newsletter on business and biodiversity published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), features background articles, case studies and reports on the role of the private sector in implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), aiming to help companies to better understand the Protocol's provisions and opportunities and challenges arising from its obligations.

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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

wavesNovember 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

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AEWA MOP6 Adopts 22 Resolutions and 6 Action Plans [viewed]

aewa_mop614 November 2015: The Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ended with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including action plans for seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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