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IUCN, Wiley Publishers Feature Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

Journal Aquatic Conservation Special Issue November 201414 November 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has collaborated with Wily Online Library to release a special issue of the journal Aquatic Conservation, which features ‘Building Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): New Insights from the Third International MPA Congress (IMPAC 3).' The special issue aims to provide data, information and science to support decision-making and goals on ocean protection.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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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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Event: Consultation on the ITPGR Global Information System [viewed]

This International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Consultation will be organized back-to-back with the XXIII International Plant and Animal Genome Conference and will be followed, on 9 January 2015, by a series of meetings and presentations under the umbrella of the DivSeek Initiative. Its objectives are, among others, to conduct a review of on-going relevant initiatives, identify gaps in the existing information systems and recognize best practices and methodologies for managing information on a global scale.  

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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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IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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International Symposium Addresses Weather, Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity [viewed]

wmo-fao-georgemason24 October 2014: Organized by the George Mason University (GMU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with 11 co-sponsors, the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity has produced a final declaration, including a list of “salient recommendations” on the issues.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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