Europe

GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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IUCN Report Emphasizes Transboundary Conservation as Critical to Solving Conflicts [viewed]

20 July 2011: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published "Crossing Borders for Nature: European examples of transboundary conservation" as part of a project led by IUCN and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) aiming to improve transboundary conservation in the mountainous border zone between Albania, Macedonia and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). 

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EU Ministers Start Discussing Fisheries Policy Reform [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Council for Agriculture and Fisheries of the EU, which gathers fisheries ministers of the EU member States, began its consideration of the European Commission's proposed reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in a public debate.

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ASCOBANS Launches New Website [viewed]

July 2011: The website of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) has been re-launched with a new design, revised structure and increased information content. The website address remains www.ascobans.org.

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Ramsar Releases Report from Mission to Spanish Site Doñana [viewed]

25 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the report of the mission to Ramsar Site Doñana, in Spain, carried out on 20-22 January 2011, is now available in Spanish. The mission was conducted together with the World Heritage Centre 0f the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acting as the advisor for natural sites.

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Biosafety Protocol News Discusses National Administrative Systems [viewed]

July 2011: The ninth issue of "Biosafety Protocol News," a magazine published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), focuses on national administrative systems for biosafety. Contributions to the issue outline experiences and lessons learned from Africa, Asia, the EU, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Bioversity International Newsletter Features Stories on IYF 2011 [viewed]

July 2011: Bioversity International has published the July 2011 issue of its "Newsletter for Europe," featuring stories on the International Year of Forests 2011, preparation of the State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, and the European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources.

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FAO Report Examines Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security [viewed]

July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled "Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security."

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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CBD Releases Reports of Regional Workshops on Liability and Redress [viewed]

1 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the reports of two regional workshops on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

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