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FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity [viewed]

ifad_fao24 August 2015: UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements.

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COMIFAC, Rainforest Alliance Review VPA/FLEGT Process in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac_rainforest_alliance16 August 2015: The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Rainforest Alliance have published a review of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) and voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) concluded between Congo Basin countries and the EU, highlighting achievements and remaining challenges.

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Research Shows Wastewater Irrigation Is Safe and Economically Viable [viewed]

gpa13 August 2015: Using treated wastewater for irrigation can produce crops that are both economically viable and safe for human consumption, according to research conducted in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt.

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Scientists Investigate Scale of Plastic Trash in Southern Indian Ocean [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 August 2015: Scientists from eight countries aboard the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a research vessel operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are assessing the scale and nature of industrial trash, including plastics and micro-plastics, in remote parts of the southern Indian Ocean. FAO notes that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans both have floating islands of trash twice the size of Texas, but the extent and impact of trash and plastic in the southern Indian Ocean is not yet known. The research mission aims to fill this information gap.

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FYR Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and US Announce Climate Plans [viewed]

macedonia_trinidad_tobago_benin_us_flags7 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Benin have formally submitted intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 53. In addition, the US Government finalized its Clean Power Plan, an integral part of its INDC submitted on 31 March 2015.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate_finance_au20151 August 2015: During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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July 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

july2015_se_finance1 August 2015: During the month of July, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), AfDB, the European Commission, EIB and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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UNU Issues Call for Researchers for Africa Green Growth Project [viewed]

idcr-inra22 July 2015: The three-year project, titled ‘Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth' and implemented by the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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Kenya, FAO Launch Blue Growth Initiative [viewed]

fao-kenya27 July 2015: The Government of Kenya and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) in Kenya, to promote more productive, sustainable and socially and economically responsible fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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