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The GEF Small Grants Programme Launches in Colombia

The GEF Small Grants Programme Launches in Colombia

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 20, 2015 09:40
The GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) was launched in Colombia with the participation of Mr. Gabriel Vallejo, Minister of Environment of Colombia, Mr. Arnaud Peral, Resident Representative of UNDP in Colombia, Mr. Alejandro Gamboa, Director of the Presidential Agency for Cooperation and Pilar Barrera Rey, Coordinator of Partnerships for the GEF, as well as a number of NGOs, agencies and government officials.
Jul 20, 2015

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Financing Sustainable Development: Food Security and Sustainable Cities

Financing Sustainable Development: Food Security and Sustainable Cities

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 20, 2015 09:10
With renewed focus on the challenges of creating a more prosperous world for all, there are key entry points to move towards a sustainable trajectory for investments made by all stakeholders. The GEF and global thought leaders from partner institutions will share two new flagship initiatives on Sustainable Cities and Food Security to catalyse further action and investments by other actors. These initiatives will yield lasting benefits for the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by helping countries avoid being locked into unsustainable patterns for generations.
Jul 20, 2015

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Oceanographic and Biological features in the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem is available on-line

Oceanographic and Biological features in the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem is available on-line

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 10, 2015 10:35
The Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) is an eastern boundary upwelling system, in fact one of the 4 major upwelling systems in the world. The CCLME extends from the Strait of Gibraltar (around 36°N 5°W) to Bissagos Islands in the South of Guinea-Bissau (around 11°N 16°W), embracing the coasts and Economic Exclusive Zones of Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Spain (Canary Islands). Also Cape Verde and Guinea are under the area of influence of the Canary Current, and therefore are considered as part of the CCLME in this publication. A complete characterization of the CCLME was achieved thanks to the dedication of 54 scientists from 25 institutions who have reviewed the scientific information accumulated in the CCLME during decades. In addition, they have kindly shared their own knowledge obtained after years of hard work in high level scientific research
Jul 10, 2015

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 02, 2015 07:21
Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).
Jul 02, 2015

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Paperback version of "Governing International Watercourses" now available

Paperback version of "Governing International Watercourses" now available

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 24, 2015 01:31
The book “Governing International Watercourses. River Basin Organizations and the sustainable governance of internationally shared rivers and lakes” is now available as paperback version. This book focuses on River Basin Organizations as the key institutions for managing internationally shared water resources. This includes a comparative analysis of all River Basin Organizations worldwide and three in-depth case studies from three different continents. The detailed case studies are the Senegal (West Africa), Mekong (South-east Asia) and Danube (Europe) rivers.
Jun 24, 2015

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High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life’ Decade

High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life’ Decade

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 22, 2015 10:15
11 June 2015: The High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Life' concluded with the adoption of a declaration encouraging action to promote the sustainable management of water resources, in particular in relation to adaptation to climate change.
Jun 22, 2015

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans

World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 22, 2015 09:45
8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.
Jun 22, 2015

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 21, 2015 11:20
A landmark resolution was adopted earlier today (19 June 2015) by a consensus of UN member states, to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine life beyond national territorial waters – that area of the ocean shared by all. The resolution formalizes the recommendations made last January by the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (“UN Working Group”) which was tasked with assessing the feasibility of a new treaty, and signals a major step forward toward convening an intergovernmental negotiating conference that would finalize the terms of the new treaty, possibly in 2018.
Jun 21, 2015

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Unknown Mediterranean hotspots recognised by Ramsar wetlands convention

Unknown Mediterranean hotspots recognised by Ramsar wetlands convention

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 21, 2015 08:32
An important initiative of Greece leads to the adoption of a resolution for the “Conservation of Mediterranean Basin island wetlands”. Greece brings to the spotlight the urgency to conserve the fragile island wetlands of the Mediterranean, through a resolution that was unanimously adopted on June 8th by the plenary of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Wetlands of international significance (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).
Jun 21, 2015

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Essential EAFM trainings in Malaysia lead to deeper trust and confidence among stakeholders combatting overfishing

Essential EAFM trainings in Malaysia lead to deeper trust and confidence among stakeholders combatting overfishing

by CTI SEA RPMO last modified Jun 21, 2015 08:05
The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) published its second experience note on building know-how on the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) in Sabah on 18 June 2015. The paper discussed lessons and benefits from working closely with partners from the Department of Fisheries Sabah (DOF) Sabah and DOF Malaysia in conducting two Essential EAFM trainings. The collaboration not only led to cost-savings for the agencies involved but also in building trust and confidence among stakeholders who are now working together to apply EAFM. Stakeholder engagement is a crucial element in the transboundary management of large marine ecosystems.
Jun 18, 2015
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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Welcomes G7 Leaders' Declaration

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Welcomes G7 Leaders' Declaration

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jun 11, 2015 08:50
Research by UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System shows that tackling climate change requires economic transformation and a re-channeling of private finance to enable the orderly transition from high-carbon to low-carbon investments, and also from vulnerable to resilient assets. To create lasting value in the real economy, we need to continuously evolve the effectiveness of our financial system thereby aligning the financial economy with the needs and markets of the future. Recent trends such as last year's US$ 270 billion market for renewable energy investments and the emergence of new principles, standards and incentives for the fast-moving 'green bond' market are indicative of the scope for transformation.
Jun 11, 2015

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GEF announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries

GEF announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 08, 2015 09:24
On World Oceans Day, the GEF is proud to announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries, the Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI). CFI was approved at last week’s 48th GEF council and represents a strategic partnership to demonstrate holistic ecosystem based management and improved governance of coastal fisheries. The CFI addresses all coastal fisheries in the EEZ, which complements GEF’s comprehensive and long-standing support to multi-country cooperation for sustainable management of the world’s Large Marine Ecosystems.
Jun 08, 2015
Source: GEF

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World Ocean Day: The environment, people and the economy

World Ocean Day: The environment, people and the economy

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 08, 2015 08:53
The People and Companies Providing Ocean Goods and Services are Fundamental to the Future of the Ocean. On World Ocean Day, let’s acknowledge that that the future of the ocean is inextricably intertwined with the ocean economy – the broad range of commercial activity that provides societies with critical ocean goods and services.
Jun 08, 2015

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