Conservation

‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism [viewed]

SPREP19 June 2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015.

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ITTO-CITES Partnership Targets Tropical Timber [viewed]

ITTO CITESJune 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) released a newsletter update on their partnership for the implementation of the listing of tropical tree species. The newsletter states that 40 new activities were approved under the second phase of the partnership.

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Event: 8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference [viewed]

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), is hosting the 8th World ESP conference under the theme ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity'. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. To facilitate dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, ESP organizes an annual international conference in different parts of the world.  

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IWC Scientific Committee Meeting Features Discussions on Humpback Whale Recovery [viewed]

iwc19 June 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has released its Scientific Committee meeting report highlighting scientific reports on the recovery of humpback whales in the southern hemisphere, progress on the management of aboriginal whaling, by-catch challenges posed by fishing gear to vaquita and dolphin populations, and a collaboration with New Zealand on Hector's and Māui dolphins.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution to Develop Legally-Binding Instrument on the Conservation of Marine Biological Diversity in ABNJ [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA19 June 2015: UN Member States adopted a Resolution (UNGA/RES/69/292) on the development of an international, legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Resolution aims to build on and support UNCLOS' implementation through creating marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas, improving environmental impact assessments (EIAs), addressing access and benefit sharing (ABS), and ensuring transparency and accountability on progress.

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Event: III World Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Global Scientific Research Foundation and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the III World Biodiversity Congress will convene under the theme, 'Integrated Conservation Strategies for Threatened Biodiversity and Geodiversity for Global Sustenance'. The Congress will address, among other issues, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and management of traditional knowledge.  

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AEWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Action Against Elephant Poaching Increased [viewed]

cites-aewa-cmsJune 2015: This month, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) marked its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez emphasized that through AEWA, the international community has built an effective tool to work together to conserve migratory waterbirds along their flyways.

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Event: EXPO Milano 2015 Panel - Links between Forests, Food and Life [viewed]

The Government of Austria is convening a high level panel on the links between forests and food as a contribution to the EXPO Milano theme, ‘Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life'. Including panelists such as, Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria, and Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The panel will consider how forests can contribute to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population in light of the increased pressure on forests from over-exploitation. The panel will be moderated by James Astill, the Political Editor and Bagehot Columnist of ‘The Economist'.  

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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UNFCCC Subsidiary Body Adopts Landmark Draft REDD+ Decisions [viewed]

iisdrs-sd4211 June 2015: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has recommended three draft decisions for consideration and adoption by the Conference of the Parties (COP) on: further guidance on safeguards information systems (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.1); guidance on alternative policy approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.2); and methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.3). The draft decisions will be considered for adoption by the COP when it meets for its 21st session in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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