Impact Assessment

CMS, IRENA and BirdLife Studying Impacts of Renewable Energy on Migratory Species [viewed]

birdlife-cms-irena-aewa10 February 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), on behalf of the entire CMS Family, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and BirdLife International are coordinating a review of renewable energy technology deployment and its impacts on migratory species.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council [viewed]

The 18th Meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council (ScC18) will take place from 1-3 July 2014.  

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EEA Reports Increase in European Bat Populations [viewed]

EEA30 January 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a comprehensive study showing that bat populations in Europe are increasing after historic declines. The study looks at trends from 16 of the 45 bat species found across the continent, compiling data from ten existing monitoring schemes in 9 countries, for the first time. 

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European Project on Coastal and Marine Governance Holds Final Meeting [viewed]

pegaso22 January 2014: The PEGASO project of the European Commission (EC) recently held its final conference. PEGASO, or 'People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and Coast,' focused on supporting integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins.

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Draft Updated Synthesis of Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity Available for Peer-Review [viewed]

CBD10 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer-review the draft updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity, which will be submitted for consideration to the eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held in June 2014.

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IPBES-2 Report Available and Call for Experts Now Open [viewed]

ipbes9 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the availability of the advance English version of the report summarizing the second session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2) and has called for the nomination of experts relevant to the meeting's outcomes.

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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International Forum on Wetlands Focuses on Impact Assessment [viewed]

Ramsar30 December 2013: The 'International Forum on Wetlands: Relevance of planning and environmental impact assessment on the conservation and wise use of wetlands' highlighted the importance of planning and assessing environmental impact to achieve wise use of wetlands in the Americas.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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