Conservation

IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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World Leaders' Conservation Forum Promotes Co-Existence between Humans and Nature [viewed]

wlcf9 July 2015: The first World Leaders' Conservation Forum (WLCF) served as a platform for leaders from government, business, civil society and academia to discuss and devise innovative nature-based solutions to global environmental, economic and social challenges. The Forum underscored the important role of nature conservation in peace building and sustainable development, and called for “bold leadership” at both the global and local levels to halt biodiversity loss.

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Event: First Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference [viewed]

The proposed Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences aims to address the fragmentation of ocean governance by providing a central mechanism for bringing together the ocean community to benchmark and assess progress on implementing targets under proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The first Conference is expected to address targets related to marine pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, climate change effects and oceans governance. It is expected to be mandated by a resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and feed into the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Permanent Representative of Fiji outlined plans for the Conferences during a side event on 24 June 2015.  

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approaches in Africa and LAC [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a chapter, titled ‘Integrated landscape initiatives in practice: assessing experiences from 191 landscapes in Africa and Latin America,' in a book addressing ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice.' The chapter explains that landscape approaches are being undertaken more frequently in order to realize positive outcomes related to agricultural production, ecosystem conservation, rural livelihoods and multi-stakeholder coordination.

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Event: 10th Meeting of AEWA Standing Committee [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Standing Committee (StC10) will consider, inter alia: preparations for the 6th ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the AEWA to be held in Bonn, Germany, 9-14 November 2015; celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AEWA; the African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa; and revision of the Communication Strategy. StC10 will also consider nominations for new members of the AEWA Technical Committee and the selection of winners of the AEWA Conservation Awards for presentation at MOP6.  

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UNEP Report Analyzes Trade-offs of Natural Resource-related SDGs [viewed]

UNEP6 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) has published a report warning that “unless prudent natural resources management becomes an integral part of policy packages," the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not achieve their purpose of ending extreme poverty by 2030. The report, ‘Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective,' contends that sustainable prosperity for current and future generations requires maintaining and restoring ecosystem health.

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CBD Launches Manual on Tourism and Biodiversity [viewed]

tourism_supporting_biodiversity3 July 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched 'Tourism Supporting Biodiversity: A Manual on applying the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.' The manual aims to support the integration of biodiversity conservation and management into sustainable tourism development, and to support the implementation of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

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IWC-POWER Begins Assessment of Bryde's Whales [viewed]

iwc1 July 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has provided an update on its Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (POWER) cruise, which will assess the abundance, distribution and stock structure of Bryde's whales, and contribute to entanglement response.

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CEPF Publishes Annual Report; Showcases Investment in Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

cepfJuly 2015: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has published its 2014 report showcasing projects funded around the globe and providing an overview of CEPF investments in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF provides grants to non-governmental and private sector organizations, and focuses on conservation of biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.

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