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April 2014 Water Finance Update[viewed]

Throughout April, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Asia-Pacific Consultation Recognizes Sustainable Tourism Potential in SIDS[viewed]

A UN consultation in the Asia-Pacific region recognized the potential for sustainable tourism in small island developing States (SIDS), and recommended creating integrated sustainable impact assessment (ISIA) tools for planning.

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World Bank Supporting STEM Capacity in Africa[viewed]

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved financing for 19 university-based Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) in seven West and Central African countries. The centers aim to build the scientific and technical capacity of young Africans by supporting advanced studies in agriculture, health and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and promoting regional specialization among participating universities.

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UNECE Workshop Addresses Transboundary Water Cooperation[viewed]

The Second Workshop “River Basin Commissions and Other Joint Bodies for Transboundary Water Cooperation: Technical Aspects” was convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The workshop focused on technical aspects related to coordination between river basin organizations (RBOs), including: inter-sectoral coordination; infrastructure; groundwater management; environmental protection; and management issues, such as financing and communication.

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Event: 15th World Lake Conference[viewed]

The 15th World Lake Conference, convened by the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), will take place on the theme “Lakes: The Mirrors of the Earths, Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be held in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 18-21 May 2014.

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Event: NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop (Francophone)[viewed]

The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) will convene a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal[viewed]

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground. Participants from 11 public and private funds adopted resolutions to support these countries' Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) at the Ninth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF9) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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UNEP Highlights Green Economy Shift Benefits in Kenya[viewed]

Kenya's transition to a green economy could result in higher natural resource productivity, a cleaner environment, increased food security and an estimated US$45 billion in economic benefits by 2030, according to a study launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Kenya.

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ILC Releases 2013 Annual Report Featuring National Engagement Strategies[viewed]

The International Land Coalition (ILC) has released its 2013 Annual Report, which outlines its range of local, national and international activities, including efforts to develop a unified voice on land issues.

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