Event: 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA [viewed]

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (AEWA MOP6) will, inter alia, review national reports on the implementation of the Convention.  

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Event: First IPBES Capacity-Building Forum [viewed]

The first capacity-building forum of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to facilitate both capacity-building projects and strategic alignment of activities between interested institutions. The meeting will promote dialogue among receivers, implementers and funders of capacity-building activities, with the aim of: exploring opportunities for cooperation on aligned investments in capacity-building needs; furthering partnerships for piloting and delivering the IPBES capacity-building program; and planning further action.  

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UNESCO-IHP Celebrates 50 Years [viewed]

unesco-ihp21 July 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) is celebrating 50 years of water-related achievements with ‘50 Years, 50 Movies on Water,' a film screening at the Open UNESCO exhibition.

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CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations [viewed]

cgiar-drylandsystems16 July 2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year.

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FAO/UNCCD GM Workshop Explores Upscaling Private Investments in Landscape Restoration [viewed]

fao_gm15 July 2015: A two-day expert consultation on private investments in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), explored ways to scale up FLR investments to enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities in drylands and reduce forced migration from such areas.

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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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