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ICRAF Partners with Clarins in China[viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) announced its third public-private partnership of 2014, joining the French company Clarins to support agroforestry in China. The partnership will provide training for small-scale farmers to produce sustainable supplies of plants for beauty products.

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative[viewed]

Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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C2E2 Reviews Progress in First Year, Highlights Partnerships [viewed]

The Copenhagen Centre for Energy Efficiency (C2E2), which was founded in October 2013 and serves as the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Energy Efficiency Hub, has highlighted the key accomplishments of its first year, including providing technical and analytical support to sector- or technology-oriented energy efficiency accelerators and forging partnerships with a range of organizations to exploit energy efficiency's full potential.

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Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress[viewed]

Participants discussed threats to Pacific ecosystems and species, showcased efforts to conserve and manage biodiversity through marine protected areas (MPAs) and agreed on collaborative action during a series of Pacific-focused events that took place at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

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New Zealand Undergoes First PIF Review of Development Partners[viewed]

Development aid from New Zealand is undergoing the first donor review by its recipients in the Pacific, in an effort to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation in the region. The review is part of the Forum Compact process, which was agreed among Pacific Island Countries in 2009 to encourage good practice in development and address aid fragmentation and lack of development progress, despite decades of assistance.

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Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has formulated a Low Carbon Development Strategy for the Maldives' Ministry of Energy and Environment, which will support the country in fulfilling its pledge to be carbon-neutral made under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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ESMAP Maps Solar Resources in Pakistan[viewed]

The first ground-based measuring station commissioned as part of the World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) initiative to map renewable energy resources in 12 countries has been inaugurated in Pakistan. The station, inaugurated on 18 October 2014, will take high-precision solar measurements and is the first of nine to be constructed as part of the initiative in Pakistan.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015[viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

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Event: World Soil Day 2014[viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

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Reports Highlight Forest Governance Progress, Challenges in Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia and Laos PDR[viewed]

The implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia and between the EU and Ghana has resulted in improvements in forest governance and a decline in illegal logging, according to research conducted by TRAFFIC and published through a series of Chatham House reports. The reports examine efforts to reduce illegal logging and improve forest governance in Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia and Laos People's Democratic Republic (PDR), underscoring that much remains to be done to address corruption and tackle illegal logging.

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