Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Iraq Joins CITES [viewed]

CITES21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that Iraq has joined CITES as its 180th party. 

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EEA, EC Publications Call for Greater Sustainability in Use of Marine Resources [viewed]

EEA20 February 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a publication, titled 'Marine Messages,' which seeks to support the 'Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE)' marine conference to be held on 3-4 March 2014. The publication emphasizes the vulnerability of Europe's marine ecosystems and the need for European countries to understand the limits of their activities.  

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for Science-Policy Interface [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited nominations for its Science-Policy Interface (SPI). Nominations are requested by 6 April 2014.

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CBD Report on the Detection and Identification of LMOs Released [viewed]

CBD14 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the 'Report of the Workshop of the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs),' which includes recommendations for the compilation of technical tools and guidance to assist parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with the detection and identification of LMOs.

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Event: Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) will host a World Wildlife Day conference at its headquarters in Tokyo. The Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime will include a series of panel discussions on: policy making in wildlife conservation; the role of the UN during environmental crisis (in the context of poaching); and lessons that can be learned from the experience of Japan in combating wildlife crime. On 4 March, there will be working group sessions for invited experts focused on wildlife policy, information systems and satellite remote sensing data. The main objective of the working groups is to develop a plan on how to bring about effective transboundary information sharing on wildlife crime, especially in developing countries. The outcome of the working groups will be the Tokyo Declaration on Transboundary Information Sharing.  

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Global Forest Watch 2.0 to Help Stakeholders Monitor Forests in Near-Real Time [viewed]

WRI20 February 2014: A global coalition of partners, led by World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched an online forest monitoring and alert system meant to empower governments, local communities, the private sector, academics and civil society to track forest change.

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GFOI Provides Guidance for Estimating Forests GHG Emissions and Removals [viewed]

gfoi18 February 2014: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has released a methods and guidance document, titled ‘Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests.'

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ITTO to Evaluate Market Impact of VPAs [viewed]

itto-eu17 February 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has provided an overview of the Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) project in support of the European Union (EU) Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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Nine States Join CMS Sharks MoU [viewed]

CMS17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

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