IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research [viewed]

iita_ucla15 July 2015: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin.

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Event: Implementing the Oceans SDG: From Knowledge to Action [viewed]

The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway. Participants will also address implementation of the proposed SDG. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the US Embassy in France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

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WMO-Backed Conference Plans for Year of Polar Prediction [viewed]

WMO16 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a conference to finalize plans for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), which will aim to accelerate and consolidate research, as well as observing, modeling, verification and educational activities, as part of a broader Polar Predication Project.

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European Environment and Space Agencies Sign MoU on Earth Observation [viewed]

eea-esa15 July 2015: Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the two agencies have agreed to exchange scientific expertise and technical information to strengthen work on Earth observation and environmental monitoring. Coming into effect immediately, the MoU will promote joint activities and mutual access to data.

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IRENA Conference Launches Martinique Action Plan for Renewables Deployment on SIDS [viewed]

IRENA14 July 2015: A conference organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched an action plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in small island developing states (SIDS). The Martinique Action Plan outlines practical steps for deploying renewable energy resources and technologies in SIDS. It also seeks to demonstrate commitment of 27 SIDS and 19 development partners to the IRENA of SIDS Lighthouses Initiative in the run-up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.

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Sweden to Support ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund through Annual Contributions [viewed]

ITPGR14 July 2015: Sweden has announced four annual contributions to the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), amounting to US$300,000.

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UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNEP Highlight Development Benefits of Linking Land and Climate Agendas [viewed]

unfccc_unccd_unep13 July 2015: In their joint op-ed, titled 'The Land Battle for Sustainable Development,' Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), underscore the "huge, largely untapped potential for rapid gains in both the fight against climate change and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs].”

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ITTO and Japan Extend Collaboration [viewed]

Itto2 July 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed an agreement extending their collaboration on the conservation of tropical forest resources, capacity building and knowledge sharing between ITTO and JICA and interested countries.

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CMS Spotlights AEWA StC10, Egyptian Vultures and Sharks [viewed]

CMSJuly 2015: The 10th Meeting of the Standing Committee (StC10) of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) reviewed documents to be considered at the forthcoming sixth meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the AEWA.

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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