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BES-Net Web Portal Improvements (Phase 3) and Technical Support UNDP GC-RED Home-based 07/20/2017
Associate Programme Officer  UNEP-WCMC Cambridge, United Kingdom 07/20/2017
Executive Secretary of the International Whaling Commission International Whaling Commission Cambridge 07/21/2017

15 local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have been announced as the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. The winning organizations showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges, and they will be honored at a celebratory gala in New York on September 17, 2017.

This year's  winners show that investments in nature are an effective and efficient pathway to sustainable development, and they also demonstrate that partnerships are crucial to success – at the international, national, and local levels. If we want to achieve the SDGs, we need to think holistically and combine multiple development benefits. Equator Prize winners do just that in their communities. In Achim Steiner’s words, “Their dedication and commitment  shows  what is possible when communities come together to protect and sustainably manage nature for the benefit of all.”  

Please read more in the official announcement here and access the blog post reflecting on lessons learnt from the Equator Initiative’s selection process.
More information about this year's Equator Prize winners is available on the website of the Equator Initiative.
 

A global inception and Capacity Building Meeting was held in Kribi, Cameroon, from 13-15 June 2017.
 
The event marks the beginning of the implementation of a project funded by the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, through the Sub-Global Assessment Network, and the United Nations Development Programme's Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net). The project is looking at developing capacity for undertaking national ecosystem assessments using the IPBES methodology.
 
Participants from Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Viet Nam discussed the rational and process of undertaking national ecosystem assessments, tools and data for ecosystem assessments, and an initial scoping for assessments in each country.
 
Assessments will be undertaken over the next three years to be completed in 2020 and will include a national BES-Net Trialogue.

 

The deadline to submit abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, posters, and workshops for the 3rd Annual FLARE meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2017, has been extended to Tuesday, June 20th! The meeting will cover a wide array of themes related to forests and livelihoods. We will build on past discussions and create new ones.

We are also very excited to announce that Dr. Peter Holmgren, Director-General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), will give a keynote presentation at the meeting.

In line with this extension, the abstract submission deadline for thematic reports around two of the FLARE meeting themes (Ethics of forest-livelihood policies, and Forests, livelihoods, and the SDGs) has also been extended to Tuesday, June 20th. These reports are commissioned and co-sponsored by Rights and Resources Initiative. Selected authors will be invited to Stockholm to present the findings of the report.

Notification of decisions will be sent by July 7th and registration will open July 8th. More information can be found in our call for abstracts for the event and the thematic reports, as well as on our webpage.

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Date Event Location Organizer
23 July 2017 International Conference for Conservation Biology 2017 Cartagena, Colombia Society for Conservation Biology
15 August 2017 BioSyst.EU's Third Meeting Wallenberg Conference Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden Swedish Systematics Association in corporation with the University of Gothenburg
19 August 2017 The World Honey Bee Day Worldwide -