Capacity Building & Education

Adaptation Fund Board Approves Direct Access Project in Argentina [viewed]

Adaptation Fund12 April 2013: At its 20th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board approved a new project in Argentina to be implemented through the Fund's direct access mechanism, but was unable to make progress on three projects submitted by multilateral implementing entities (MIE) due to the Fund's limited resources.

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GEF, UNDP Support Launch of Community-based Adaptation Programme in Seychelles [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Small Island Developing States Community-Based Adaption (SIDS-CBA) Project, funded by Australian Aid (AusAid), was officially launched in Seychelles on 18 January 2013, with the objective to assist vulnerable communities to cope with climate change impacts, affecting particularly the fisheries and agriculture sectors.

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Participants at Arab Development Forum Discuss “World We Want” [viewed]

UNDP11 April 2012: “Voices and Choices for the Development Agenda in the Arab States,” a two-day forum held in Amman, Jordan, from 10-11 April 2013, provided an opportunity for Arab civil society to discuss “the world we want.” Participants exchanged ideas and regional priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, as a complement to the formal, intergovernmental consultations.

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AWF Supports Sanitation Improvements in Liberia [viewed]

11 April 2013: The African Water Facility (AWF) launched the “Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene (FISH)” project in Monrovia, Liberia, on 10 April 2013. The project aims to increase access to affordable, sustainable sanitation and hygiene services for over 800,000 urban slum dwellers who currently lack access to sewer systems.

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ECCAS Countries Adopt Plan to Protect Elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic [viewed]

23 March 2013: Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) representing ministries of foreign affairs, defense and security issues, regional integration and wildlife protection convened an emergency meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and adopted an emergency anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries.

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UNFF10 Honors Forest Heroes, Filmmakers and Photographers [viewed]

9 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) has honored the winners of the Forest Heroes Award, as well as winners of the International Forest Short Film Festival and the International Forest Photograph competition.

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UNITAR Assists Côte d'Ivoire in Ban Amendment Ratification Preparations [viewed]

28 March 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) assisted the Government of Côte d'Ivoire in holding its final meeting for the “Implications of ratification of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment for Côte d'Ivoire” project, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 27-28 March 2013. The meeting presented a situational analysis of Côte d'Ivoire related to imports of hazardous wastes and implications of ratification of the Ban Amendment.

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Global Mechanism Meeting Supports Integrating Climate Finance into SLM Activities [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted a meeting that gathered representatives from nine countries to discuss lessons learned and final year priorities for the project "Integrating Climate Change Finance into Sustainable Land Management Investment Strategies" funded by the European Commission.

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CBD Circulates Report of Workshop for African LDCs on the Fifth National Report and GBO [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the first workshop for African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on the "preparation of the Fifth National Report and Global Biodiversity Outlook and regional scenarios," which was held from 28 January - 1 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CCAFS Workshop Considers Challenges of Scaling Up Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

March 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a workshop report documenting the challenge of effectively producing, communicating and delivering agrometeorological information to vulnerable farming communities.

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