Conservation

First International Day of Mangroves Celebrated [viewed]

UNESCO26 July 2016: The first International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was celebrated on 26 July 2016, to mark the critical importance of mangroves for food security, coastal protection, and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List [viewed]

UNESCO17 July 2016: The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee adopted the Istanbul Declaration on the Protection of World Heritage, which invites States Parties to take measures and act together against the destruction of common heritage of humankind in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants also added 12 sites of special cultural or physical significance to the World Heritage List.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds [viewed]

CMS14 July 2016: The first-ever meeting of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds concluded with the adoption of the Cairo Declaration in which countries agreed to a "zero tolerance approach" to any illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean Region in accordance with national law, commitments under international conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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Event: Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands [viewed]

This meeting will seek to create an action plan for the miombo woodlands for the next three years focused on: drivers of land-use change; restoration; adaptation to climate change; socio-ecological relationships; and forest governance. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million square kilometers that span seven countries. They play a critical ecological, economic and social role, supporting, for example, the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region. The meeting is being convened by the Miombo Network, along with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, and the World Bank. The Miombo Network fosters collaborative efforts in land cover monitoring and management.  

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IWC Scientific Committee Warns of Vaquita Extinction [viewed]

iwc8 July 2016: “The choice is simple and stark: either gillnetting in the Upper Gulf ends or the vaquita will be gone, the second entirely preventable cetacean extinction that the Committee will have witnessed in the last ten years,” according to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee (SC). The SC issued this warning in a report released following its 66th meeting, which discussed a range of items related to the conservation and management of cetaceans, including bycatch and entanglement, and a review of special permit whaling.

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc8 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has issued its 2015 Annual Report, which highlights how the Centre enables policymakers to put biodiversity “at the heart of decision making.”

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Event: The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 [viewed]

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

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