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IECEC-2 Calls for Greater Inter-agency Collaboration to Combat Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol_iecec217 November 2015: The 2nd INTERPOL–UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (IECEC-2) concluded with the adoption of a global action plan meant to strengthen environmental law enforcement and support collaborative action to combat environmental crime. The action plan focuses on four main areas: multi-agency cooperation; police and judicial training; awareness raising; and strengthening legislative and regulatory mechanisms.

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UNEP Presents Methodology for Valuing Wastewater Treatment [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report that presents municipalities with a valuation methodology for pricing the costs and benefits of wastewater treatment.

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UNCCD Publishes Science-Policy Brief on 'Pivotal Soil Carbon' [viewed]

unccd_spi16 November 2015: The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published its first "Science-Policy Brief." The brief provides an overview of key facts and figures, as well as policy recommendations, for optimizing the contribution of soil organic carbon in mitigating climate change and increasing agro-ecosystem resilience through improved soil quality.

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IWC Workshop in Oman Focuses on Entanglement and Stranding Responses [viewed]

iwc18 November 2015: Participants at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) entanglement training workshop in Oman had the opportunity to put their training into practice when 36 spinner dolphins became beached near the workshop. The one-week workshop trained participants from Oman in a range of techniques for effective entanglement and stranding responses, using both classroom and boat-based exercises.

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CBD Business Newsletter Focuses on Private Sector Engagement in ABS [viewed]

CBDNovember 2015: The November 2015 edition of Business 2020, a newsletter on business and biodiversity published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), features background articles, case studies and reports on the role of the private sector in implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), aiming to help companies to better understand the Protocol's provisions and opportunities and challenges arising from its obligations.

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‘Biodegradable' Plastics Are Not the Solution to Marine Litter, Finds UNEP Report [viewed]

biodegradableplastics_unep17 November 2015: The widespread adoption of ‘biodegradable' products will not contribute to a significant decrease in the volume of plastic entering the ocean or to a decline in the chemical and physical risks that plastics pose to the marine environment, according to a report released by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).

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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

wavesNovember 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

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Policy Update #13: Combating Desertification through Multilateral Action [viewed]

From 12-23 October 2015, delegates who had convened for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) considered whether the Convention would take on a goal akin to the Aichi Targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the objective of limiting temperature increases to 2˚C from pre-industrial levels for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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AEWA MOP6 Adopts 22 Resolutions and 6 Action Plans [viewed]

aewa_mop614 November 2015: The Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ended with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including action plans for seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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