Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GFCM Proclaims Day Against IUU Fishing; CBD Notifies on Underwater Noise and EBSAs [viewed]

cms-cbd-faoJune 2015: On the occasion of its thirty-ninth annual session, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted four binding recommendations setting emergency measures for small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, standards for bottom trawling demersal fisheries in the Strait of Sicily, and measures to ensure sustainable fisheries management and to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Black Sea. Members of the GFCM also proclaimed 24 April of each year as “International day against IUU fishing.”

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Event: Workshop on Private Sector Investment in Forest and Landscape Restoration [viewed]

This expert consultation is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Korea Forest Service. The aim of the workshop is to provide inputs and perspectives for a FAO/GM discussion paper on sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration (F&LR) initiatives, and inform the development of future policy briefs and capacity building activities on this topic. The discussions will cover, among other issues: different funding sources and instruments for (F&LR); how to address barriers to F&LR investments; case studies highlighting direct and indirect benefits for private sector investors in F&LR; and lessons and good practices for inclusion in a position paper on private sector investments in F&LR.  

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Monaco Assessment Calls for Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean [viewed]

monaco10 June 2015: A meeting of biodiversity experts and other key actors has examined the extent to which conservation in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is achieving targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Participants at the meeting adopted the 'The Monaco Assessment Declaration,' which notes that a "Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, adopted and implemented by the Antarctic Treaty Parties, and broadly accepted by all, would provide an effective means to improve the outlook for the region."

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report [viewed]

AfDB9 June 2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa.

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Event: CITES CoP17 [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

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UNEP Report Assesses Ecosystem Services in Western Indian Ocean [viewed]

UNEP23 June 2015: Ecosystem services in the Western Indian Ocean region are valued at US$25 billion annually, according to a 'Regional State of the Coast Report' by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines threats to the region's coral reefs, fisheries and oceans, including urbanization and unsustainable fishing and extraction practices. UNEP released the report at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention, which is taking place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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IWC Scientific Committee Meeting Features Discussions on Humpback Whale Recovery [viewed]

iwc19 June 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has released its Scientific Committee meeting report highlighting scientific reports on the recovery of humpback whales in the southern hemisphere, progress on the management of aboriginal whaling, by-catch challenges posed by fishing gear to vaquita and dolphin populations, and a collaboration with New Zealand on Hector's and Māui dolphins.

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