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Event: CMS StC45 [viewed]

The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council [viewed]

The first meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council will meet in Bonn, Germany.  

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FAO Expert Workshop Agrees to Develop Methodology to Estimate IUU Globally [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity and undermines regional and national efforts to sustainably manage fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). However, global data on the characteristics and magnitude of IUU fishing have not been updated since 2003. Consequently, FAO convened an Expert Workshop to consider approaches for developing a methodology to estimate IUU fishing globally.

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GEF-UNEP-SPREP Pacific Project Considers Roadmap for Future Island Biodiversity Activities [viewed]

GEF UNEP30 November 2015: Participants discussed a roadmap for integrating project results into national and community-level planning processes at the final review meeting of the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) project. The project, which included activities in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, is scheduled to officially close in June 2016.

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2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Taskforce Prepares "Zero-Tolerance" Policy Declaration [viewed]

IMO10 December 2015: The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products has agreed to a draft declaration, to be signed in 2016, calling on zero-tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation [viewed]

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Atlas Predicts Climate Impacts in Five Asian River Basins [viewed]

ICIMOD11 December 2015: Three international scientific research agencies have published an atlas describing the impacts of climate change in five Asian river basins. Commemorating International Mountains Day (IMD), the publication, titled ‘The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia's Major River Basins,' was launched at a side event to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Bioversity International Launches Online Tool for Building Resilient Seed Systems [viewed]

Bioversity International11 December 2015: CGIAR Consortium's Bioversity International has launched an online tool for plant breeders, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to build capacity in using crop genetic resources to improve farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change.

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