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UNCCD Updates on 5th National Reporting Cycle, CSO Panel Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

UNCCD logo21 July 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that, with ten days to go before the deadline for submission of national reports, 31% of all national reports have been submitted and over 50% are expected soon. National reports for the 5th reporting and review cycle are due on 31 July 2014.

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Uganda Accedes to the Gorilla Agreement [viewed]

CMS17 July 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced that Uganda has deposited its instrument of accession to the Gorilla Agreement.

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ITTO Highlights Growth in China's Timber Processing Machinery Industry [viewed]

Itto16 July 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which discusses the growth of China's forest machinery industry to an annual value of US$2 billion in 2013. The report notes that a majority of timber processing machinery is exported to Europe and North America.

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Arctic Council's TFOPP Progresses on Oil Pollution Prevention Action Plan [viewed]

Arctic Council10 July 2014: The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) continued developing an ‘Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention' and related cooperative arrangements. The TFOPP, which convened in Ottawa, Canada, on 12-13 June, was co-chaired by the Russian Federation and Norway, and is expected to present the outcomes of its work and any recommendations for further action at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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Sava River Basin Commission Adopts Policy on Data Exchange [viewed]

Wmo16 July 2014: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) adopted the ‘Policy on the Exchange of Hydrological and Meteorological Data and Information in the Sava River Basin' during its 35th session.

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ISU, EDF and 50in10 Report Focuses on Financing Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries10 July 2014: The transition to more sustainable fisheries management systems can yield financial returns and deliver ecological, economic and social benefits if fisheries are structured as “investable propositions,” according to a report by the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU), the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 50in10. The organizations launched the report, titled ‘Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition' at a conference on ‘Financing the transition towards a sustainable blue economy.'

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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Event: GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium [viewed]

This GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium titled, 'Visioning our Ocean of Tomorrow,' will take place under the theme, ‘Sharing experience and transferring capacity along the Wadden Sea Flyway: Linking people in Norway, the Wadden Sea and West Africa to improve marine and coastal ecosystem management'.  

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