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Marine Conservation Workshops Focus on IUU, EBSAs and Invasives [viewed]

cms_sprep_faoheadquartersMay 2015: Ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs), seagrass conservation, invasive species, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing have been the focus of marine conservation initiatives and workshops held throughout April and May.

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SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter [viewed]

sprep_csiro8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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PNG Announces National Forest Inventory Project [viewed]

unredd_eu_fao7 May 2015: The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced support from the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the European Union (EU) to complete a national forest inventory. Papua New Guinea currently does not have a regular national forest assessment to support policy development.

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CITES and UNEP Support Strengthening of Wildlife Laws [viewed]

CITES UNEP5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have announced a collaborative initiative to provide assistance to priority countries and territories, upon their request, to enhance their legislation on effective implementation of CITES, including to combat illegal trade in wildlife.

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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April 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

april_2015_sustainable_energyApril 2015: In April, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and World Bank announced sustainable energy financing for projects in Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, the Pacific and West Africa. Several of these institutions also released related publications or reached milestones in their sustainable energy efforts.

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GBIF Surveys Seek to Understand Biodiversity Needs in ACP Countries [viewed]

GBIf29 April 2015: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has issued a call for inputs on the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme via surveys of data holders and decision makers. These two stakeholder groups are considered critical to the long-term success of the BID programme, which seeks to increase availability and use of biodiversity information in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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