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TEEB Undertakes Economic Valuation of ‘Eco-Agri-Food' Systems Complex [viewed]

TeebMay 2015: An ongoing study by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Initiative is examining some of the key interdependencies among agriculture and food systems, biodiversity and ecosystems with a view to addressing “the economic invisibility of many of these links” and quantifying the benefits of ecosystems to the agriculture sector, as well as to overall human health, livelihoods and well-being.

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FAO, Partners Launch Global Pastoralist Knowledge Hub [viewed]

FAO27 April 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and its partners have launched an online knowledge hub for pastoralists, which aims to ensure that issues of concern to pastoralists are addressed in global policy debates.

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IDB Launches Open Data Portal for LAC Region [viewed]

new_logo_idb28 April 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an open data portal, titled ‘Numbers for Development,' which allows users to explore, visualize and download data from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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10YFP Adds Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction [viewed]

10_yfp20 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme under its Ten-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), aiming to promote resource and energy efficiency in the building and construction sector.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Arctic Council Contributes to Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection in the Arctic [viewed]

Arctic Council14 April 2015: During Canada's chairmanship, the Arctic Council, primarily through its Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group, has advanced its work on a number of projects related to safe shipping and the protection of the marine environment, including sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic, marine strategic planning, shipping safety and pan-Arctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools [viewed]

logo_unu_floresApril 2015: The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), based in Dresden, Germany, has developed an interactive ‘Nexus Tools Platform' (NTP) to enable comparisons of existing modeling tools related to the water-soil-waste nexus. The Platform will also advance integrated environmental management and governance approaches across different sectors and scales.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter [viewed]

unep_race 9 April 2015: Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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UNIDO, IIP, TERI Launch SE4ALL Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform [viewed]

se4all_unido_teri_ipp7 April 2015: A collaborative platform aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector worldwide was launched by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The initiative is part of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, which supports the SE4ALL aim of doubling the global rate of gains in energy efficiency by 2030.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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