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ICRI Announces New Draft Strategy to Curb Lionfish Invasions [viewed]

ICRI11 October 2013: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) announced that the Regional Lionfish Committee (RLC), also known as Ad Hoc Committee for the Caribbean Regional Response to the Lionfish Invasion, has coordinated the development of a regional Strategy to guide action by stakeholders concerned with, and impacted by, the lionfish invasion. 

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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UNEP-WCMC and SNV Release Briefing on Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+ [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and SNV Viet Nam have developed a briefing note on participatory biodiversity monitoring (PBM) in REDD+. The brief presents key issues for the consideration of national REDD+ programmes in developing PBM.

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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Event: IPBES Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

A stakeholder meeting will be convened by the interim Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The meeting will provide first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works, as well as to discuss the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme7 October 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the 41st edition of its newsletter, highlighting stakeholder consultation processes and the engagement of indigenous peoples in national programmes.

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TEEB Releases Georgia Scoping Study, Recommends Agricultural Study [viewed]

Teeb1 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), together with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Government of Georgia, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Caucasus, have released a scoping study titled, 'TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia; Main Findings and Way Forward.'

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Norway and Germany Agree to Reduce Forest Emissions in Ecuador [viewed]

norway-german30 September 2013: The Governments of Norway and Germany have signed an agreement to cooperate with Ecuador to purchase Ecuador's emission reductions and contribute $2.6 million to strengthening national capacities in Ecuador.

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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