Intergovernmental Organization

First Comprehensive Assessment of Humpback Whales in Oceania Shows Slow Recovery from Whaling [viewed]

SPREP12 June 2014: The South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and in collaboration with the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), has completed the first comprehensive assessment of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere.

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SOCO International to Halt Oil Operations in DRC's Virunga Park [viewed]

wwf-unesco-soco12 June 2014: The British oil company SOCO International plc has announced that it will halt its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Virunga National Park. The company made the announcement in a joint statement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), following a complaint the conservation organization filed under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in October 2013.

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Event: International Conference on Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement [viewed]

Co-organized by the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Secure Project, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), and Bioversity International, this conference will focus on new characterization techniques and conservation strategies to identify and preserve crop wild relatives and land race traits and facilitate their use to improve food security in the face of climate change.  

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EU Launches Large Carnivore Coexistence Initiative [viewed]

European Union 10 June 2014: The European Commission has launched the 'EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores,' an initiative meant to bring together farmers, conservationists, hunters, landowners and scientists to exchange best practices and to promote dialogue on coexisting with Europe's five species of large carnivores.

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FAO, IWMI Launch Global Wastewater Database [viewed]

fao.iwmi June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has added a wastewater section to its AQUASTAT database, which provides data on the availability and use of municipal wastewater. The database combines information on municipal wastewater production, collection, treatment, discharge and direct use, including for agriculture and irrigation.

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CIFOR Reviews Scientific Evidence on Palm Oil and Biodiversity [viewed]

CIFORApril 2014: An Info Brief published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that evidence documenting the impacts of palm oil plantations on biodiversity is limited. Based on available studies, the brief recommends using a precautionary approach alongside best practices for environmental management, while avoiding the conversion of additional natural forests to plantations.

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes [viewed]

CIFOR9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Use of Rio Markers, Environment-Related ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD3 June 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) met to examine progress on improving finance reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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