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EU Supports Amazon Protected Areas Project[viewed]

The European Union (EU) has financed a project to strengthen protected areas systems in the Amazon. The ‘Amazon Conservation Vision' will increase the areas' resilience to climate change and promote the maintenance of environmental goods and services provision.

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CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management[viewed]

Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes.

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CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests[viewed]

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened a partners meeting to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Africa. The meeting focused mostly on REDD+, community forestry, agriculture and climate change, impacts of climate change on mangroves, and mitigation in arid areas, with participants concluding that while significant attention has been paid to REDD+ in Central Africa, the discourse needs to be expanded to include other ecosystems beyond tropical forests.

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CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a workshop for newspaper editors from Zambia in order to identify concrete actions to improve the number and quality of stories on climate change, forests and the environment.

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UNECE: Regional Forest Cover Expanding, but Threatened by Urbanization[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) released the initial findings of a regional assessment of forest cover that highlights a 27.5 million hectare expansion of forested area from 2000 to 2015. According to the report, the UNECE region accounts for more than 41% of global forest cover and has shown an increase in both in protected forest areas as well as an expansion of payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report [viewed]

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR4) ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,' which includes a Summary for Policymakers (SPM), a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions and high-resolution graphics.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs[viewed]

During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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CIFOR Reveals REDD+ Knowledge Gap in Central Africa[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has exposed what it says is a significant gap in knowledge on the links between climate change and forests in Central Africa. Despite tropical forests being an important source and sink for greenhouse gasses (GHGs), CIFOR has released a study documenting that stakeholders in the region still lack a solid understanding of concepts such as REDD+ and climate change adaptation.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building[viewed]

The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda[viewed]

Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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