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Latest News - 2 September 2014
UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership
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29_August_2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid. continued...
GWP Launches Documents on Ecosystem Services, Groundwater and Water Security
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29_August_2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released several short notes and perspective papers, including ‘Ecosystem Services and Water Security,' 'The Links between Land Use and Groundwater,' and ‘Proceedings from the GWP Workshop – Assessing Water Security with Appropriate Indicators.' continued...
GWP Assesses Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture
Read More: GWP Assesses Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture
29_August_2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper, titled 'Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture,' which presents an approach to: reform perverse subsidies and policies; build governance and rule enforcement capacities; and introduce various administrative investments. continued...
GWP Paper Focuses on Water Security
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28_August_2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper, titled 'Water Security: Putting the Concept into Practice.' The report outlines examples of how water security can be identified, including by: determining relevant dimensions of water security; selecting indicators that reflect the main characteristics of the key dimensions; measuring indicators; and scoring and combining indices for each of the dimensions of water security. continued...
APEC Ministers Call for Action on Blue Economy, Food Security, Marine Conservation and Disaster Resilience
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28_August_2014: In an outcome document agreed upon at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ocean and Fisheries Working Group, APEC Ministers called for establishing more integrated, sustainable, inclusive and mutually beneficial partnerships on ocean cooperation among APEC members. The ‘Xiamen Declaration: Towards New Partnership through Ocean Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region' outlines 47 actions on four priority areas: coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and disaster resilience; the role of the ocean on food security and food-related trade; marine science, technology and innovation; and the blue economy. continued...
FFF Launched in Viet Nam
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22_August_2014: The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) began work in Viet Nam with a launch workshop introducing the FFF and engaging partners and stakeholders. As with the other pilot countries, the FFF in Viet Nam aims to improve the livelihoods and participation of women, smallholders and community groups. continued...
PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands
Read More: PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands
22_August_2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported that, as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC), the Cook Islands have completed a climate-resilient harbor for the island of Mangaia. In addition, the tool developed to design the harbor can be used to design other coastal infrastructure in the Cook Islands. continued...
Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs
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21_July_2014: “Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 25 Aug - 12 Sep
Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China 1 Sep - 2 Sep
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe Yerevan, Armenia 8 Sep - 10 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3 Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 10 Sep - 12 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
17th International River Symposium Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 15 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
Green Standards Week Beijing, China 22 Sep - 26 Sep
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
 
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