Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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Event: International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly [viewed]

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

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Event: 35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

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ICP-17 Discusses Marine Debris, Plastics, Microplastics and Role in SDG 14 Review [viewed]

icp17_chair17 June 2016: The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-17) convened under the theme, 'Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.' Meeting participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, discussed, inter alia, the impacts of plastics and microplastics (MDPMs) on the health and environment as well the ICP's relationship with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the possibility of the ICP serving as a forum for review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road [viewed]

???????????????????????17 June 2016: On World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), commemorated on 17 June, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), China and other partners launched the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action Initiative to Combat Desertification,' which aims to link land rehabilitation efforts across Asia, Europe and Africa. The UNCCD also welcomed Canada's formal announcement that it intends to rejoin the UNCCD at the earliest opportunity, following its withdrawal in 2014.

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Expert Workshop Addresses Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

fao_workshop24 May 2016: An international expert workshop produced a six-point plan to strengthen collaboration on the use of criteria and indicators to guide and track progress towards sustainable forest management, calling for joint work on a set of global forest indicators and for better integration of criteria and indicators into policy and planning.

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Alicia Bárcena Named IRP Co-Chair [viewed]

irp8 June 2016: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was appointed co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of natural resource scientists and experts hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Bárcena will co-chair the panel with Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment and IRP co-chair since 2014.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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UNEP Report Examines Marine Litter in Caribbean Region [viewed]

cep71June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report, titled ‘Regional Action Plan for Marine Litter (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) 2014,' in concert with World Oceans Day. The RAPMaLi aims to provide a comprehensive toolkit to assist small island developing States (SIDS) to incorporate waste management across all sectors.

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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