Invasive Alien Species

UNECE, UNEP Assess Environmental Health of Dniester River [viewed]

27 March 2012: Two reports on fish and water quality in the Dniester River basin, jointly funded by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), underscore the “alarming” fish population declines and water quality problems in the lower course of the river.

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2010 FAO Forest Assessment Available on CD-ROM [viewed]

FAO2 April 2012: The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010), compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is now available on CD-ROM. 

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GBIF Highlights Achievements in Access to Biodiversity Data [viewed]

23 April 2012: In its 2011 annual report, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) looks at current achievements and compares them with the original aims of the body.

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SPREP Hosts Invasive Species Meeting in Kiribati [viewed]

27 March 2012: Management and control of invasive alien species in the Pacific Islands region was discussed at the Third Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) meeting, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, from 22-27 March 2012. Kirimati Island is the biggest nesting and breeding ground of Pacific seabirds, and one of the main port entries to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

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GLISPA Establishes Working Group on Invasive Species [viewed]

26 April 2012: The Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) announced the establishment of a working group on invasive species, focused on catalyzing commitments to reduce the threat of invasive alien species as a critical component of conservation of island biodiversity, ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable livelihoods.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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Islands Featured in Abstracts of SBSTTA Poster Session [viewed]

CBDMay 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the abstracts of posters presented during the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the fourth meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 4). The theme of the poster session was "Oceans, Coasts, Islands: Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets."

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the GTI to Address IAS and to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets in East and South East Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, this workshop aims to build capacity to address invasive alien species (IAS) and to support implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in order to integrate activities related to the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI), as needed, into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in East and South East Asia.  

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PII Delivers Training Course on Managing Invasive Species [viewed]

16 May 2012: The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) has developed an intensive training course to support Pacific countries in managing the threat of invasive species. Countries with invasive species projects under the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program (GEF-PAS) are eligible for the training.

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IUCN SSC Provides Recommendations on Biological Invasions to Rio+20 [viewed]

17 May 2012: In a new policy brief, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) discusses the threat of invasive species to food security, human health and biodiversity. In the interest of more stringent policies on invasive alien species (IAS), the brief issues recommendations to decision makers at the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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