Europe

CCAMLR Adopts Measures on Toothfish, Vessel Monitoring, Defers MPA Proposals [viewed]

ccamlrOctober 2014: Member countries of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed on measures to conserve marine living resources in Antarctica at the 33rd annual meeting of the Commission, but did not reach consensus on two proposals on marine protected areas (MPAs). Agreements focused on, inter alia: catch limits for CCAMLR-managed fisheries; the toothfish; and the southwest Atlantic krill fisheries.

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Event: Resource Efficiency in Practice [viewed]

This policy conference, organized by the Ecologic Institute, aims to present the results of the project 'Resource efficiency in practice - Closing mineral cycles,' which is supported by the European Commission, DG Environment. The event seeks to highlight best practices and solutions at the regional and farm levels, and embed these findings in the wider picture also addressing the legal framework and actions beyond the farm level. The project findings and relevant issues will be discussed with relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission, farmer unions and advisory services, NGOs, member states and regional authorities, as well as representatives from academia.  

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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TTM Report Discusses Market Impacts of Ebola [viewed]

Itto31 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-31 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the current debate over whether insurance for the risk of natural disasters will cover timber market disruptions caused by the Ebola outbreak.

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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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Guest Article #40: Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. At that time, the imperative of those whaling nations was wholly commercial, but nevertheless, they acknowledged the importance of conservation as well as regulation, when they created the Convention that continues to underpin the work of the IWC today.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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GLISPA Highlights SIDS Conference Commitments [viewed]

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

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