UNESCAP Announces New Regional Mechanism on Drought [viewed]

UNESCAP29 November 2013: The Third Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has concluded with a call on the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to facilitate regional cooperation to harness technological advances for resilient, inclusive and sustainable development. In response, ESCAP's Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) announced the development and operationalization of a new regional mechanism on drought.

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African Countries to Bolster Private Sector's Role in Climate Action [viewed]

CIF AFDB28 November 2013: With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), six African countries won a global competition run by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to provide dedicated funding to engage the private sector in effective climate solutions.

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UN Study Reviews Options for Water in SDGs [viewed]

catalyzing-water27 November 2013: The UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have assessed options for incorporating water issues in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The study calls for trebling water investments and directing funds to the local level where implementation occurs. 

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Forest Climate Change Portal [viewed]

CIFOR2 December 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) launched an online portal for the dissemination of information on forests and climate change. The portal contains information on forests and REDD+, climate change adaptation, governance, finance and landscapes. The portal also highlights news, research, and debate and analysis on international negotiations.

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IFAD Launches Risk Management Platform [viewed]

IFAD2 December 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a four-year Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries access risk management products, such as insurance, to cope with climate change and variability.

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CITES Announces Smart Tool to Support the Tracking and Sustainable Use of Endangered Snakes [viewed]

CITES27 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met with European business entrepreneurs and wildlife experts to develop a new smartphone application that traces the origin of a wildlife product and helps ensure the sustainable use of many endangered species.

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IWMI Analyzes the Uptake of Research for Development [viewed]

IWMI logo25 November 2013: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a study, titled 'The Story Behind the Success: Ten Case Studies Identifying What Led to Uptake of Research for Development,' as part of its efforts to identify characteristics of successful adoption of scientific research on water for agricultural development.

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Event: CMS COP 11 [viewed]

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

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