Ecosystem Approach

Transportation Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, Rhinos, Tigers and Birds the Focus of Additional Conservation Efforts [viewed]

cites_cms_itto_birdlife_iucn15 March 2016: Representatives from the transport sector came together to sign the 'United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,' which offers commitments and measures to stop the transport of illicitly acquired wildlife products.

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WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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Event: World Mountain Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

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Report Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Freshwater System [viewed]

amap_wcrp_iasc15 March 2016: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) have released a summary report, titled 'The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate,' which outlines the effects of the changing Arctic atmosphere on the region and beyond.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2016 [viewed]

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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New Data and Policy Tools to Support Implementation of Soil- and Land-related SDGs [viewed]

globa-soil-biod-ecFebruary 2016: Consultations around a “zero draft” of proposed Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management, new global atlases on desertification and soil biodiversity, and a call for soil experts, are among recent initiatives aimed at supporting the implementation and monitoring of sustainable soil and land management in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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FAO Study Shows Benefits of Pollinators to Crop Yield Outcomes and Food Security [viewed]

fao_headquarters19 February 2016: With the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expected to release its first assessment report on pollinators, pollination and food production this week, a study published by researchers associated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows that pollinators such as bees play a key role in improving agricultural productivity and ensuring food security and nutrition.

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CMS MOS2 Agrees to Protect 22 Additional Species of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

mos222 February 2016: At the Second Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), countries agreed to protect an additional 22 species of sharks and rays. The 22 species listed include five species of sawfish, three of thresher shark, nine species of mobula ray, the reef manta ray, the giant manta ray, the silky shark, the great hammerhead and the scalloped hammerhead.

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IPBES-4 to Discuss Assessments on Pollination and Methodologies for Biodiversity Scenarios [viewed]

ipbes22 February 2016: The Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) has commenced, with participants expected to adopt IPBES' first assessment reports on pollinators, pollination and food production; and on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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