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A five-year, $50 million Global Environment Facility-funded program rolled out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners has made remarkable progress in protecting international waters' biodiversity by rendering fishing in these waters less harmful to several marine species, including sea turtles and tuna.  

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The Ministry of Forests and Environment launched the Integrated Landscape Management to Secure Nepal’s Protected Areas and Critical Corridors (ILaM) at an event in Kathmandu. The $6.6 million project will be implemented in the Terai Arc Landscape for a period of five years.

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As 2019 draws to a close, we are looking back on an important year for the Global Environment Facility and looking forward to the 2020 Super Year with its hopes of progress for nature and people, including new international agreements on oceans, biodiversity, and climate change.

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Government representatives have approved more than $600 million for two new work programs that include innovative ventures to expand marine protected areas and engage indigenous peoples for biodiversity protection, and for climate change resilience-building efforts in least developed countries.

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Local communities should be enlisted as “the first line of defense” against the illegal trade of wild animals and plants, which is much more pervasive and complex than is commonly understood, TRAFFIC Executive Director Steve Broad told participants at the GEF Civil Society Consultation Meetings held in Washington this week.

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The 57th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place December 16-19 in Washington DC, will be an opportunity for governments worldwide to take stock of environmental challenges and to chart next steps for shared action in pursuit of sustainable cities and the protection of biodiversity on land and sea.

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Weather and climate services are vital for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The benefits of investment greatly outweigh the cost, and yet the capacity to deliver and access these services is uneven and inadequate, according to a new report.

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The 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), taking place in Madrid December 2-13, is a critical opportunity for governments to chart the next frontier of climate action, both in tackling carbon emissions and adapting to a warming planet.

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The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP3) is taking place from November 25-29 in Geneva, with a focus on ways to protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury related to artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

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The World Bank and the city of Paris, France are joining forces to support sustainable city efforts across the globe, especially cities and metropolitan regions in developing and emerging economies. In a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the World Bank and Paris agree to cooperate on sharing knowledge, tools, and good practices with other territories and cities.

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