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CIFOR Study Examines Stakeholder Links in Peru[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released 'An Analysis of REDD+ policy frameworks in Peru' focusing on the multitude of stakeholders and the generally high level of agreement among them.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation[viewed]

World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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Pan-American Regional Meeting on Ramsar Prepares for COP 12[viewed]

The 6th Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provided input to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.

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Mesoamerican Energy Investment Summit Promotes Regional Electricity Trade[viewed]

As part of the Connecting the Americas 2022 Initiative ('Connect 2022'), the Mesoamerican Energy Investment Summit was organized to attract investments in the region's energy sector and demonstrate progress on regional integration. The Summit celebrated the recent completion of the Central American Electricity Interconnection System (SIEPAC) and opportunities created by the increased electricity trade and new interconnections

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas[viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links[viewed]

The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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Americas Prepare for ECPA Ministerial Meeting[viewed]

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has completed its fourth and final sub-regional preparatory meeting in 2014 for the Second ECPA Meeting of Ministers, which is intended to boost the region's cooperation on energy and climate change issues. At the upcoming meeting, to take place in 2015, ministers are expected to put forward their priorities on these issues and structure a stronger partnership.

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ECPA Workshop Examines Renewable Energy's Changing Outlook[viewed]

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Clearinghouse organized a workshop examining 'Policies for the Promotion of a Sustainable Energy Sector' for participants from several South American countries, multilateral institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs). The workshop considered drivers behind increased efficiency and lower costs of wind and solar power and considered the infrastructure needed for bringing more renewables onto the grid.

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Event: Global Atlas Training Session: Latin America[viewed]

This training module, provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and financed by the Governments of Germany and Flanders, Belgium, is offered by invitation to experts from Latin America who are involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment.

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