Biodiversity

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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ICRISAT, India Launch Center of Excellence on Climate Change for Plant Protection [viewed]

13 February 2012: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has teamed with the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Climate Change Programme, Indian Ministry of Science and Technology to launch a Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection.

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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Event: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO: 63rd Session [viewed]

Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping will be among the agenda items discussed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions, and consider the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) relating to reception facilities in small island developing States.  

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OTCA, INPE Train Officials in Satellite Monitoring of Deforestation [viewed]

17 February 2012: In partnership with Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) offered Member State technical officials training courses on the use of a satellite detection system of deforestation, which was developed by INPE.

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Event: Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 is a collaborative outreach activity of the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and 25 other international, national and local partners. It aims to promote and strengthen synergies between the Rio Conventions at implementation levels by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information-sharing about the linkages in science, policy and practice between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.  

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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