Ecosystem Approach

Stakeholders Prepare for IPBES-4 [viewed]

ipbes22 February 2016: Representatives from academia, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and the private sector spent two days receiving updates on the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and coordinating their contribution to the Platform's fourth plenary session (IPBES-4). The 'Stakeholder Days,' facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU)/Future Earth along with other volunteers, convened just before the commencement of IPBES-4.

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Mediterranean Ministers Renew Commitment to Protect Marine Environment [viewed]

unep_map_4012 February 2016: Ministers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union (EU) adopted the Athens Declaration, in which they pledge to protect biodiversity, manage coastal zones, increase resilience to climate change and prevent pollution from marine exploration, marine transport and land-based activities. The Declaration reaffirms Party commitments to implement the instruments of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols and the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). The Athens Declaration will be forwarded to the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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WAVES Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Mangroves and Coral Reefs [viewed]

waves10 February 2016: Engineering and insurance models should be used to reevaluate the benefits of habitats like mangrove forests and coral reefs, rather than building walls against floods and rising seas, according to a technical report published by Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES). Titled ‘Managing Coasts with Natural Solutions: Guidelines for measuring and valuing the coastal protection services of mangroves and coral reefs,' the report aims to demonstrate to an array of decision makers how important mangroves and reefs are as a first line of defense to natural disasters.

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Guest Article #54: IPBES to Release its First Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production [viewed]

A bit of history

The Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in Panama in 2012 by over 100 governments. The aim of IPBES, like its older sister the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is to critically review available knowledge and to provide this knowledge to policy makers, in response to their request, in order to inform decision making. The focus of IPBES is on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership [viewed]

au_fao5 February 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a €41 million ‘Action Against Desertification' project that aims to support six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal - with the large-scale restoration of production landscapes affected by desertification and land degradation. The project is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme of support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

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Event: First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year people and dedicated organizations around the world take action and organize hundreds of public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching. The 2016 World Migratory Bird Day will draw attention to the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds.  

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"Little" Book Supports Sustainable Landscape Management [viewed]

little_sustainable_bookJanuary 2016: 'The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book: Achieving sustainable development through integrated landscape management' aims to clarify and disseminate sustainable landscape management methods and catalyze their implementation across private and public sectors worldwide. The book was produced by experts from the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), EcoAgriculture Partners, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with additional support and funding from diverse bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

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Ramsar Convention Turns 45 as Diverse Events Mark World Wetlands Day 2016 [viewed]

ramsar_wwd2 February 2016: World Wetlands Day 2016 was marked by more than 800 events addressing the theme of ‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.' In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the global observance event took place in the historic city of Isfahan, Iran.

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UNEP, IDB Cooperate to Support SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

unep_idb20 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have announced that they will cooperate on environmental conservation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The IDB is set to increase its financial support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to more than US$150 billion over the coming years.

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