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SE4ALL Launches Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative[viewed]

A multi-stakeholder coalition has been launched, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in order to: meet global sustainable energy needs; and contribute to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goals of doubling global renewable energy use and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.

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UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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CMS Reports on Saiga Mass Mortality Episode[viewed]

Approximately 10,000 saigas have been found dead in the Amangeldy district of the Kostanay region in Central Kazakhstan, an area that covers around 16,000 hectares, within the range of the saiga's Betpak Dala population, the country's largest. This is the third mass mortality episode that has occurred in recent years, with the Ministry of Agriculture reporting the first mortality cases on 12 May 2015. Investigations by state authorities are underway, with samples being collected for further analysis regarding the cause of the deaths.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture[viewed]

The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Views on Global Multilateral Benefit-Sharing Mechanism and Compliance under Nagoya Protocol[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for the submission of views on two items addressed under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS): the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism, and compliance.

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African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime[viewed]

Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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EU State of Nature Report Calls for Greater Conservation Efforts to Reverse Species Decline[viewed]

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report, 'State of Nature in the EU: Results from reporting under the nature directives 2007–2012,' which draws on the reports from Member States under the Birds and the Habitats directives and on subsequent assessments at EU or EU biogeographical levels.

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Marine Conservation Workshops Focus on IUU, EBSAs and Invasives[viewed]

Ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs), seagrass conservation, invasive species, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing have been the focus of marine conservation initiatives and workshops held throughout April and May.

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INTERPOL, Partners Expand Initiative on Poaching of Snow Leopards[viewed]

A year after launching a pilot program to fight poaching of endangered snow leopards and their prey in Kyrgyzstan, the Snow Leopard Trust with INTERPOL and partners will expand the Citizen-Ranger Wildlife Protection Program (CRWPP) to include all 19 of the country's state parks and nature reserves.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Strengthens Momentum Ahead of Paris[viewed]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande addressed the Dialogue, and released a joint statement, titled ‘Petersberg Dialogue Call for Climate Action.' In the joint statement, they support: an “ambitious, comprehensive and binding UN climate agreement” in Paris; the goal of limiting global temperature increase to below 2°C; and a “fundamental shift” of investments into low-carbon infrastructure, technologies and climate-friendly land use.

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