Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPBES Secretariat Seeks Reviewers for Deliverable 3c [viewed]

ipbes12 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced that the report on 'policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services' (Deliverable 3c) is in its second phase of development.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes [viewed]

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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Europe's Forests Featured at Margins of UNFF11 [viewed]

forest_fao_unece_itto13 May 2015: A pair of side events held at the margins of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) highlighted the state of Europe's forests as well as progress in sustainable forest management (SFM) in the region.

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SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter [viewed]

sprep_csiro8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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ELD Assesses Economics of Sustainable Land Management in Ethiopia [viewed]

eldMay 2015: A case study undertaken by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative in Ethiopia developed a detailed spatial assessment of the extent of land degradation, as well as the costs and benefits of different sustainable land management (SLM) options. Covering roughly half of the country's total land area, which equates to most of Ethiopia's rainfed cropland areas, the study aimed to contribute to ELD's goal of providing tools for the total economic valuation of land degradation and SLM.

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Mediterranean SCP Center Documents PCBs Applications, Advises on Waste Management [viewed]

SCP/RAC6 May 2015: The Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) has compiled applications of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for owners and public officials, as part of its collaboration with the PCBs component of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded MedPartnership project for the Environmentally Sound Management of equipment, stocks and wastes containing or contaminated by PCBs in national electricity companies of Mediterranean countries. The SCP/RAC is a Stockholm Convention Regional Center, focusing on cooperation with Mediterranean countries.

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CGIAR Report Offers Solutions to Salinity Problems in Agricultural Land [viewed]

CGIARMay 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has released a report that recommends restoring, rather than abandoning, salt-affected agricultural lands, with a view to maintaining their long-term sustainability.

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