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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for South America [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this ECW include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central America, Mexico and Venezuela [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.  

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Western and Central Africa: Towards an African Soil Partnership [viewed]

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was launched in September 2011 to raise awareness among decision makers on the vital role of soil resources for achieving food security, adapting to and mitigating climate change and guaranteeing the provision of other environmental services. The Terms of Reference of the GSP were approved in December 2012. The Partnership aims to improve governance of the planet's limited soil resources in order to guarantee healthy and productive soils for a food secure world, as well as support other essential ecosystem services. The five pillars of action of the GSP include the promotion of sustainable management of soil resources; the encouragement of investment, technical cooperation, policy, education awareness and extension in soils; the promotion of targeted soil research and development focused on identified gaps and priorities; the enhancement of the quantity and quality of soil data and information; and lastly, the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable soil management, with national validation accounting for the differences of production systems and ecosystems. At the core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region. This workshop will launch the West and Central African consultation among national soil institutions and regional partners.  

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Event: IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 [viewed]

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

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ESMAP Report Outlines Models to Formalize Commercial Wood Energy Sectors in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 January 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published a report, titled "Commercial Woodfuel Production: Experience from Three Locally Controlled Wood Production Models," as part of its Knowledge Series. 

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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Event: CBD SBSTTA 17 [viewed]

At its seventeenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and collaboration with IPBES.  

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