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CMS/FAO Task Force Releases Statement on H5N8 Avian Influenza [viewed]

fao-cms3 December 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry and wild birds.

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UN Launches International Year of Soils on World Soil Day [viewed]

international year of soils5 December 2014: On World Soil Day, commemorated on 5 December, the UN launched the International Year of Soils (IYS) under the theme, ‘Soils, a foundation for family farming.' Events to mark the Day took place in Santiago, Chile; Rome, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; and New York, US.

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ICLEI CBC Supports Biodiversity Mainstreaming in South African Land-Use Planning [viewed]

iclei-cbd4 December 2014: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) announced the publication of the 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming Toolbox for land-use planning and development in Gauteng,' which offers maps and guidelines that local government officials can use to ensure that biodiversity is sufficiently considered in land-use planning.

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Fifth PICCC to be Held in Fiji in 2015 [viewed]

icpl-sprep-usp3 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the International Centre for Protected Landscape (ICPL) will collaborate to offer the fifth Pacific Island Community Adaptive Co-management (PICCC) course. The course will be offered over three phases in 2015, in Suva, Fiji.

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GBIF Announces 2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge [viewed]

GBIfDecember 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The Challenge aims to inspire scientists, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create new applications of open-access biodiversity data, encouraging innovative use of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF's international network.

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IFAD, Montpellier Panel Urges Actions to Reverse Land Degradation in Africa [viewed]

IFAD4 December 2014: The state of Africa's soils represent an obstacle to achieving the region's development and food security goals, according to a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Montpellier Panel. The report, titled ‘No Ordinary Matter: Conserving, Restoring and Enhancing Africa's Soils,' analyzes land management in Africa and provides recommendations for governments and donors looking to conserve, restore and enhance African soils.

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GRASP to Use Sina Weibo to Promote Great Ape Conservation [viewed]

GRASPDecember 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will engage with Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, to reach out to a Chinese audience about the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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Event: Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum [viewed]

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty [viewed]

The 2015 conference will take place under the theme, ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity,' in recognition of the role of land tenure in affecting asset distribution, land use patterns and other socio-economic outcomes at landscape, community and household levels. The conference is expected to bring together over 1,000 participants from around the world, including representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society and academia to discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Sessions will address ten themes on land tenure and prosperity through keynote lectures, policy roundtables and paper and poster presentations. An innovation fair will showcase the role of open data and technological innovations in improving land governance. A pre-conference workshop, ‘Monitoring land governance,' will take place in advance of the opening session on March 23 and a post-conference learning day will convene on March 27.  

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