Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CMS Expert Meeting on EBSAs [viewed]

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene an Expert Meeting on the Future of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) from 22-24 February 2016.  

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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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Event: International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert group meeting will address the views submitted on the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism under Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing. It will consider a study on the experiences gained with the development and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and other multilateral mechanisms, and the potential relevance of ongoing work undertaken by other processes.  

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Addresses Growing Demands for Biodiversity Information [viewed]

bip1 February 2016: During its annual meeting, the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) discussed, among other issues, how to respond to growing demands for biodiversity information and monitoring arising from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), assessments under the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and other international and national processes.

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IUCN Project Assesses Microplastics in the Arctic [viewed]

iucn_kopri_gesamp 29 January 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a research project to examine the origin of microplastics in the Arctic Ocean and the effects of these microplastics on ecosystems and human health. IUCN will then make recommendations on the development and implementation of sustainable waste policies and legislation for governments, industries, civil society and other stakeholders.

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RFBs Sign MOU to Advance Fisheries Management in Caribbean and North Brazil LME [viewed]

fao_headquarters29 January 2016: Three regional fisheries bodies (RFBs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate improved regional coordination on sustainable fisheries management in the Western Central Atlantic Region. The MOU aims to facilitate, support and strengthen the RFBs' actions, including through the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+SAP).

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FAO Council Session Considers Alignment with SDGs, Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made available online the report of the 153rd session of the FAO Council, held from 30 November to 4 December 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Council addressed a number of issues related to forestry, including alignment of the FAO Strategic Framework with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the outcomes of the XIV World Forestry Congress and the findings of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, and recommended that FAO support strengthening the contributions of its work on forests to the FAO Strategic Objectives.

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CBD Forum to Support Information Sharing on Invasive Alien Species Control [viewed]

CBD20 January 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has established an online forum to support the sharing of technical and scientific information and ideas to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 on invasive alien species (IAS).

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