Conservation

CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime [viewed]

INTERPOL - GRID-ArendalSeptember 2014: INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014' [viewed]

State of the RainforestSeptember 2014: GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014.' The report is based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

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FAO Circulates Reports of ITWGs on Plant and Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated the reports of the third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Forest Genetic Resources, held from 7-9 July 2014, in Rome, Italy, and of the seventh session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held from 9-11 July 2014 also in Rome.

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IWC65 Adopts Resolutions on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Migratory Cetacean Species [viewed]

iwc18 September 2014: Delegates adopted several resolutions at the 65th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), including resolutions on aboriginal subsistence whaling, whaling under special permit and highly migratory cetacean species. IWC 65 also agreed on resolutions related to its Scientific Committee (SC), civil society participation and transparency at the IWC as well as its programme of work for its two year inter-sessional period.

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ICCWC Senior Experts Discuss Progress on Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

iccwc18 September 2014: The Senior Experts Group of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss progress on joint activities.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

CBD17 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification on incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of the adoption of a post-2015 framework for DRR that will succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The document (SCBD/SAM/DC/DCo/VA/83873) highlights opportunities "to raise awareness of the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to achieving DRR objectives."

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IPBES Task Force Calls for Submissions on ILK and Pollinators [viewed]

ipbes17 September 2014: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is conducting a global assessment on pollination and pollinators associated with food production. The IPBES Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) task force is calling for submissions to generate worldwide inputs on ILK for this thematic assessment.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Provisional Programme and Briefing Notes for COP 12 High-Level Segment [viewed]

cop1415 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the provisional programme and briefing notes for the High-Level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, prepared by the Government of the Republic of Korea, in consultation with the CBD Secretariat. The CBD COP 12 High-Level Segment will be held from 15-16 October 2014, under the theme 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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IPPC Joins Liaison Group of Biodiversity-Related Conventions [viewed]

IPPC12 September 2014: The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has joined the Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-related Conventions, which includes the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the World Heritage Convention (WHC).

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