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CCAC High-Level Assembly Endorses Framework for Five-Year Strategic Plan[viewed]

The sixth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has initiated the development of a detailed implementing and planning instrument, the 'CCAC Five-Year Strategic Plan.' The Assembly endorsed a framework for the Plan with a view to launching it at the next High-Level Assembly, which will be held on the margins of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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CMS Reports on Saiga Mass Mortality Episode[viewed]

Approximately 10,000 saigas have been found dead in the Amangeldy district of the Kostanay region in Central Kazakhstan, an area that covers around 16,000 hectares, within the range of the saiga's Betpak Dala population, the country's largest. This is the third mass mortality episode that has occurred in recent years, with the Ministry of Agriculture reporting the first mortality cases on 12 May 2015. Investigations by state authorities are underway, with samples being collected for further analysis regarding the cause of the deaths.

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UNIDO, GEF Project to Reduce POPs Emissions in East and Southeast Asia[viewed]

Representatives from the Governments of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in the launch of a project to assist in the development of waste management systems and the reduction in emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) generated from open waste burning processes.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture[viewed]

The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Views on Global Multilateral Benefit-Sharing Mechanism and Compliance under Nagoya Protocol[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for the submission of views on two items addressed under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS): the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism, and compliance.

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

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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INTERPOL, Partners Expand Initiative on Poaching of Snow Leopards[viewed]

A year after launching a pilot program to fight poaching of endangered snow leopards and their prey in Kyrgyzstan, the Snow Leopard Trust with INTERPOL and partners will expand the Citizen-Ranger Wildlife Protection Program (CRWPP) to include all 19 of the country's state parks and nature reserves.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF[viewed]

The Ministers invited: the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) to give appropriate consideration to the issue of financing for forests and SFM as one of its priorities; forum members, financing institutions and the private sector to aim to ensure investment and development finance take account of forests in poverty eradication and sustainable development; the UNFCCC COP to consider the importance of forests and SFM in both climate change mitigation and adaptation, in accordance with its mandates; the COPs to the CBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC to consider outputs of the future IAF; and existing and emerging forest-related financing initiatives, including GEF and GCF, to support the implementation of SFM.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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CBD Secretariat and Republic of Korea Sign Bio-Bridge Initiative Funding Agreement[viewed]

The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the 2015-2020 Bio-Bridge Initiative, which aims to promote technical and scientific cooperation and support for the achievement of CBD goals and targets.

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