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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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World Bank, GEF Support Sustainable Land Management in Chile [viewed]

World Bank - GEF7 June 2013: The World Bank approved a US$5.86 million grant to the Sustainable Land Management project in Chile, which is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and aims to develop a national framework for sustainable land management (SLM) to combat land degradation, mainstream biodiversity into national policies, and protect forest carbon assets.

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FAO Launches Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook [viewed]

FAO6 June 2013: As part of its efforts to address knowledge gaps and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a sourcebook on climate-smart agriculture approaches.

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OECD Report Examines Interface between Environment, Poverty Reduction and Development [viewed]

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Developmen5 June 2013: To mark World Environment Day, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report, titled 'Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development.'

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Event: First Africa Food Security Conference [viewed]

This conference will be held around the theme 'Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa'. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other UN agencies, governments, research institution, NGOs, scholars, donors, and local governments. The event will consist of a combination of plenary and panel group discussions, which will provide a platform for participants to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in harnessing ecosystems services for food security and climate change adaptation.  

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OECD/IEA Release Studies on Climate Finance, Emissions Accounting Framework [viewed]

OECD IEA31 May 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) released two analytical papers on climate change-related issues, which were prepared by the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG). The first study deals with elements needed for a robust emissions accounting framework, and the second addresses mobilized climate finance.

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CGIAR Reports on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research [viewed]

CGIAR31 May 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released its 2012 Annual Report on ‘Forests, Trees and Agroforestry,' which highlights activities carried out under the Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD).

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COMIFAC Workshop Validates Landscape Management Approaches [viewed]

COMIFAC30 May 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), in collaboration with the Central Africa Regional Programme for the Environment (CARPE), the Government of the United States (US) and other partners, convened a workshop to validate guides on land use planning and management.

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FAO Approach Leads to Sustainable Increases in Cassava Farming [viewed]

FAO28 May 2013: In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) promotes the application of the FAO's 'Save and Grow' approach to cassava, documenting significant potential to scale up production with limited chemical inputs.

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