Asia

World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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SE4ALL, World Bank Provide Solar Water Pumps to Women in India​ [viewed]

SE4ALL29 January 2015: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is helping to provide solar-powered water pumps to assist women working in the desert salt pans of western India, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, inexpensive energy. SE4ALL is implementing the project in partnership with the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), World Bank and solar energy company Sun Edison.

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WAVES Promotes South-South Learning in Latin America [viewed]

waves13 January 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its January 2015 newsletter, which features a workshop towards the first regional community of practice (CoP) on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Latin America. Other items include a new programme for the development of international guidelines for ecosystem accounting, a World Bank mission to Colombia and upcoming workshops in the Botswana, Turkey and the Philippines.

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January 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adaptation-fund-adb-cif-ebrd-idb-wb31 January 2015: During January 2015, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank reported on new funding and projects, and on finance-related tools and capacity-building activities. ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank published articles, studies and other material on, inter alia: climate proofing of transport infrastructure; vulnerability and resilience in cities; financial instruments; and carbon pricing and offsets.

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ITTO Market Report Links Indonesian Certification to German Imports [viewed]

Itto2 February 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-30 January issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights a drop in German wood product imports from Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Malaysia. However, the report notes an increase over the same period in imports from Indonesia, in part due to mandatory certification of Indonesian wood products.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Capacity Building [viewed]

unredd2 February 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the February/March 2015 edition of its newsletter, which focuses on building the capacity of developing countries to design and implement REDD+ programmes.

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FAO Releases Software for Identifying Shark Species from Fins [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Vigo, Spain, have developed an interactive software for identifying shark species from the shape of their fins. iSharkFin identifies species commonly seen in international trade, including those listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices.

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Forest and Farm Facility Grant Winners Plan for Strengthened Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: Winners of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) call for proposals met to exchange experiences and discuss ways to strengthen the role of forest and farm producer organizations. Key issues discussed include: strengthening and linking global and regional networks, reflecting local realities in global policy, ensuring that global decisions are transmitted to local actors, and building capacity for communication and information sharing networks.

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CITES Workshop Addresses Illegal Ivory Trade, Speculation [viewed]

cites28 January 2015: An expert workshop brought together experts and specialists to discuss demand-side strategies for addressing illegal ivory trade in China, and increase their awareness of the negative consequences of ivory speculation. The workshop was co-organized by China and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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World Agroforestry Centre Helps Indian Communities Produce Biofuels [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre21 January 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre's Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops has organized a workshop aimed at enhancing small-scale biofuel production in rural India. During the workshop on 'Sustainable Rural Biofuel Energy Options: A Dialogue with Farmers,' the Programme held capacity building sessions with community members and introduced domestically-manufactured machines for processing oilseeds into biofuels in 20 villages in the Hassan District of India's state of Karnataka.

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