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‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism [viewed]

SPREP19 June 2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015.

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ADB Public-Private Project Facility Kicks Off with US$64 million [viewed]

ADB4 May 2015: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that its Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F) has received US$64 million in contributions from the Governments of Australia, Canada and Japan. Through the AP3F, the ADB aims to adopt a more consistent approach to developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transaction advice across the region.

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Toolkit Seeks to Facilitate Use of Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Processes [viewed]

Hacia Nnuevos Contratos Sociales28 May 2015: CIVICUS has released a new toolkit, titled 'Towards New Social Contracts,' which offers tools and resources to facilitate the use of dialogue processes, and seeks to stimulate "a reflection around the potential and limits of multi-stakeholder processes in promoting socio-political change." Pilot dialogues that informed the toolkit took place in Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Venezuela.

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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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