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World Wetlands Day 2016: send your stories!

Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods is the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2016. This theme is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the future of humanity and specifically their relevance towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption …

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Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 – The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. Representing the Environment Agency – …

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Lebanese government grants municipalities a leading role in treating local waste

On July 17, 2015, the Naameh landfill was finally shut down, 15 years after its initial closing date. The Government of Lebanon had no contingency prepared to deal with waste management, and trash quickly began to overflow from the streets and riverbanks of Beirut and Mount Lebanon in what can now be considered Lebanon’s worst trash crisis in history. On …

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Climate change clips wings of migratory birds in Poland

It takes the dexterity of a lacemaker to remove the tiny bird caught in nets strung between pine trees on Poland’s Baltic coast, a veritable paradise for dozens of migratory species. Polish ornithologist Jaroslaw Nowakowski delicately unravels the goldcrest, among Europe’s smallest bird species, placing it inside a muslin bag before moving it to a make-shift laboratory in a tent …

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Financial Markets Shifting to Address Climate Change but Acceleration Requires Greater Policy Support: New Report

Private sector investments are shifting to address the challenges posed by climate change, and this trend could accelerate if governments and policy-makers take further actions to increase the demand for low-carbon, climate resilient investment, according to a report released today by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. The new report, “Trends in Private Sector Climate Finance,” found that …

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SPNL participates in MAVA’s Strategic Planning Workshop for the Mediterranean Basin Programme

From 17 to 19 September 2015 in Gland, Switzerland, MAVA Foundation organised the second workshop to develop its strategy for the Mediterranean Basin for the period of 2016–‐2022. Participants from research groups, NGOs, and funding organisations attended. Assad Serhal, the Director General of SPNL represented the organization. The purpose of the workshop was to: 1. Refine conservation targets proposed by …

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A dangerous swim for the Mediterranean

443 – This is the estimated number of Indo-Pacific invasive marine species that have entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal since its opening in 1869. These species have found the Mediterranean to be a comfortable place to live, but then, who wouldn’t? However, these Indo-Pacific species are not as accommodating as their new home and are often noxious, …

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Consuming With Care: World Environment Day 2015

“Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care“: The United Nation’s theme for World Environment Day this year. Which is fitting, in a world where our current consumption patterns are steering our natural resources to irreversible tipping points and where we often don’t exactly know what natural resources are used to make our goods. According to Worldwatch Institute, calculations show …

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The Mediterranean Consortium congratulated by the MAVA Foundation

Our ‘Supporting Cultural Practices in the Mediterranean Basin’ project has been highlighted in the MAVA Foundations 2014 annual report. Nature and culture are inextricably linked in the Mediterranean, which is why, in 2012, a number of organisations led by DiversEarth, joined forces in the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature & Culture1 to examine the different ways in which cultural practices benefit …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2015 – “Energy – make it bird-friendly!”

Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations, governments and people around the world plan events to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrating migratory birds and raising awareness about the need for their conservation. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have been held in 130 countries and this year we hope to reach even …

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