Conservation

Event: Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

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Event: Global Dialogue on Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is hosting a ‘Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets'. The dialogue will bring together regional bodies to share lessons learned on regional-scale cooperation and scientific mechanisms to implement and make progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in marine and coastal areas. Participants will also discuss implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and opportunities for global processes and initiatives to better support regional-level collaboration and implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Secretariat of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, IUCN-CEM-Fisheries Expert Group, and Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative are organizing the dialogue.  

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Policy Update #24: Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres [viewed]

Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” And it seems everyone - from multilateral organizations to national governments to the private sector and to non-governmental organizations - is getting in on the action.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Event: 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly [viewed]

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote speech.  

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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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PrepCom 2 Identifies Areas of Convergence and Further Discussion on BBNJ Instrument [viewed]

prepcom212 September 2016: The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) discussed proposals on the possible elements of an ILBI and engaged in a preliminary identification of possible areas of convergence of views and of issues requiring further discussion.

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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Event: 2016 Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

The third 'Our Ocean' conference, organized by the US Department of State and hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, will convene under the theme, ‘Our Ocean, One Future'. The conference, in addition to tracking progress made on commitments from the first two conferences, is expected to focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fishing, marine pollution, and climate and ocean. The meeting will aim to catalyze actions to protect the ocean from threats posed by unsustainable and illegal fishing, pollution and climate change as well as empower a new generation of leaders to identify solutions and commit to protecting and conserving the ocean and its resources. The conference is also expected to generate commitments to protect the ocean with a focus on the role of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in ocean conservation and sustainable use; and partnerships with relevant industries, such as fisheries, technologists, plastics producers, waste management companies, major retailers and producers, as well as multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society, including philanthropies, academia and the faith-based community. A parallel event at Georgetown University, 'Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit,' will focus on youth and student engagement in ocean policy and advocacy.  

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Policy Update #23: Monthly Forecast: September 2016 [viewed]

As the northern summer draws to a close, the natural resources policy community has been heavily engaged in moving the sustainable development agenda forward.

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