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Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals [viewed]

cop1212 October 2014: The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), included a high-level segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. The Forum aimed to increase the understanding of how businesses can better engage with and implement biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as to encourage governments and other stakeholders to create enabling environments to facilitate such engagement.

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GEF Reports on Support for ABS Capacity Building [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a review of its support for capacity building and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) provisions on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), as well as for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

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Community-based Conservancies in Tajikistan Receive 2014 Markhor Award [viewed]

cic16 October 2014: During a side event to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) honored community-based conservancies in Tajikistan with the CIC Markhor Award.

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GSP Eurasian Soil Partnership Holds Plenary During Arid Land Conference [viewed]

global.soil.fao15 October 2014: The Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP), a regional partnership of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), has concluded its Plenary and Steering Committee Meetings, which were held in conjunction with the Second International Conference on Arid Lands Studies (ICAL2) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership [viewed]

ITTO CITES15 October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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IUCN Announces Call for Tiger Conservation Projects [viewed]

IUCN15 October 2014: The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for field-based projects for tiger conservation.

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Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

weatlands22 September 2014: Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems.

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UNECE Committee Approves Work on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development, Land Management [viewed]

Unece9 October 2014: The 75th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) agreed on the text of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and decided on new work regarding energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, urban planning and disaster risk reduction, social housing, preparations for the Third United Nations on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and various issues in land administration and management.

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Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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