Sustainable Use

IPBES Releases Final Summaries of Assessments on Pollinators, Biodiversity Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes25 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the final, laid-out versions of the Summaries for Policymakers (SPMs) of the Platform's first two assessments adopted at the fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary in February 2016.

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CITES Provides Recommendations on CoP17 Proposals [viewed]

cites_cop1723 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) presented its recommendations on the proposals to amend the Appendices of the Convention. Parties will draw upon these evaluations and recommendations to draft their decisions for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17). The CITES Secretariat has also commented on the 45 documents submitted by Parties ahead of CoP17.

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Heads of Biodiversity Conventions Discuss Synergies, SDG Implementation [viewed]

CMS24 August 2016: The 11th regular meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) took stock of the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and discussed the preparation and possible outcomes of upcoming international environmental meetings. The BLG aims to enhance coordination and synergies and share information across the seven global biodiversity-related conventions.

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Event: 16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership [viewed]

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin. Partnership members convene biannually to coordinate priority activities, propose action on emerging issues and share information with others that are active in the Congo Basin. The CBFP, which brings together 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, scientific institutions and the private sector, was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It works closely with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).  

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APEC Senior Officials Discuss Actions Addressing Illegal Timber, Environmental Crime [viewed]

apec21 August 2016: Senior officials and technical experts from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies discussed policy measures to address illegal logging, fishing, land development and mining at APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Participants called for increased cooperation to ensure environmental sustainability and agreed on a timber legality guidance template.

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Event: International Snow Leopard Day [viewed]

Events across the world are being organized to celebrate International Snow Leopard Day. The Day commemorates the adoption by all snow leopard range countries of the 'Bishkek Declaration,' as well as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), on 23 October 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the celebrations, on Friday, 21 October, there will be a High-level panel event held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This event, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), GSLEP Secretariat and Kyrgyzstan, will: commemorate the Day; re-enforce GSLEP collaboration and synergies; highlight innovative programming, partnerships and progress on the ground; and strengthen political support and commitment for ongoing and new GSLEP initiatives, including the Global Presidential Summit in Bishkek planned for the summer of 2017.  

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IPBES Announces Co-Chairs for Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

ipbes15 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the Co-Chairs of the 'Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.' The Assessment will be led by Sandra Díaz, National University of Córdoba and National Research Council of Argentina; Eduardo S. Brondízio, Indiana University, U.S.; and Josef Settele, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany.

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CGRFA Releases Reports of ITWGs on Forest, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2016: The Secretariat of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has released the reports of recent meetings of its Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on the Commission's work in different subsectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture. The reports cover the Fourth Session of the ITWG on Forest Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-FGR), the Eighth Session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-PGR), and the Ninth Session of the ITWG on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-AnGR).

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Policy Update #22: Monthly Forecast: August 2016 [viewed]

The month of August will involve fewer face-to-face meetings than the first half of the year, as the UN transitions from one working session to the next. Preparations will be underway, however, for a number of key events that will take place during the final quarter of 2016.

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UNDP-PEI Outlines Triple Vision of Zero Poverty, Net Climate Emissions and Losses of Net Assets [viewed]

un_pei13 July 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change offer a policy mandate and opportunities to achieve zero extreme poverty, zero net climate emissions and zero losses of natural assets, according to a paper by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) and the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP). The paper reviews trends that impact this 'triple vision' of getting to zero, discusses challenges that impact getting to zero, and proposes four actions and next steps on getting to zero.

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