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Policy Watch

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Global Conservation Act Introduced On Capitol Hill

Today, the Alliance for Global Conservation (AGC) applauded the introduction of the Global Conservation Act (GCA) in both the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Farmers, Foresters Divided on Agriculture, Conservation Merger

Foresters, university officials, landowners and recreationists who spoke Friday at the first in a series of stakeholder meetings about the proposed merger of two state departments said, for the most part, they were willing to accept a new government structure but were worried some groups might be overlooked in the shuffle. Maine Department of Agriculture,

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Universal Support in Rio for Phase-Down of HFCs for Climate Protection

Today UN officials and country negotiators agreed on the final text of the Rio+20 declaration, entitled The Future We Want, which includes a call for the global phase-down of the factory-made super-greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

UN and Partners Launch Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities

The United Nations and its partners today unveiled a new initiative to achieve sustainable urban development by promoting the efficient use of energy, water and other resources, lowering pollution levels and reducing infrastructure costs in cities. The Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities was launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners in the Brazilian

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Mexico Establishes the Virtual Centre for Climate Change

Rising temperatures, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, widespread respiratory ailments and urban heat islands are some of the climate impacts faced by the Mexican capital, one of the world’s biggest cities.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Minister Oliver: Natural Resources Powering Canada’s Economy

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today outlined the Government of Canada’s vision for the country’s future prosperity to government and industry leaders at a reception hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. The Minister emphasized that Canada is facing tremendous opportunity to capitalize on natural resource development and stimulate jobs and growth in a

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

DVW President Thöne: “Geoinformation Plays an Important Role In All Key Sociopolitical Issues”

Geoinformation holds enormous potential: “Geoinformation plays an important role in all key sociopolitical issues,” said Prof. Karl-Friedrich Thöne at the INTERGEO Round Table in Karlsruhe. All participants were in agreement with the President of the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management (DVW), the organization responsible for hosting INTERGEO from 9 to 11 October

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Minister Oliver to Discuss Responsible Resource Development at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

On Thursday, March 22, the Honorable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, will address the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the speech. A photo opportunity and media availability will be held later in the day as the Minister tours the Rodren Drilling Ltd. Facility, a Manitoba-based exploration diamond drilling company

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Federal Cabinet Adopts German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess)

The Federal Cabinet adopted the German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) today. The goal of the Programme is to continuously increase raw material productivity in German industry through market incentives, research and innovation and advice, and thus to promote a further decoupling of our growth from resource consumption. ProgRess is the first comprehensive programme by the

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Informal Development in Greece: New Legislation for Formalization, the Chances for Legalization and the Dead Capital

On the FIG web site we publish each month a paper called the Article of the Month. This is a high-level paper focusing on interesting topics to all surveyors. It can be picked up from an FIG conference or another event. The Article of the Month in February 2012 is written by Chryssy Potsiou and Ifigenie Boulaka Greece:Informal Development

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