UNGA Adopts Resolution to Develop Legally-Binding Instrument on the Conservation of Marine Biological Diversity in ABNJ [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA19 June 2015: UN Member States adopted a Resolution (UNGA/RES/69/292) on the development of an international, legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Resolution aims to build on and support UNCLOS' implementation through creating marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas, improving environmental impact assessments (EIAs), addressing access and benefit sharing (ABS), and ensuring transparency and accountability on progress.

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ELD Completes Economic Assessments of SLM in Jordan, Mali and Sudan [viewed]

eld17 June 2015: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has completed three economic valuations of sustainable land management (SLM) practices in Jordan, Mali and Sudan. The studies were conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its partners, and based on experiences from ongoing SLM projects in the three countries.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of the Twelfth Meeting of Biosafety Protocol Compliance Committee [viewed]

CBD16 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the twelfth session of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Committee's assessment of the outcomes of the seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7), its review of compliance based on information from the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH), and the Committee's input to the third assessment and review of the Protocol and the mid-term review of its Strategic Plan 2011-2020.

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Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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Third Meeting of ITPGR High-Level Task Force Focuses on Resource Mobilization for Continued Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

ITPGR9 June 2015: The High-Level Task Force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held its third meeting on 9 June 2015, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to discuss ways to enhance resource mobilization.

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Event: III World Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Global Scientific Research Foundation and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the III World Biodiversity Congress will convene under the theme, 'Integrated Conservation Strategies for Threatened Biodiversity and Geodiversity for Global Sustenance'. The Congress will address, among other issues, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and management of traditional knowledge.  

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Event: 6th GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast R and D Forum [viewed]

The GloBallast Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), assists developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The Research and Development Forum is to discuss an IMO study of the implementation of the ballast water performance standard, and approval and implementation of ballast water management systems.  

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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RRI Dialogue Explores Links Among Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth [viewed]

iucn-rri18 June 2015: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) organized its 17th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change under the theme 'Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth.' The day-long event featured four panel-led discussions, which highlighted the centrality of tenure and rights to successful forest landscape restoration (FLR) and debated the role of FLR in "green growth."

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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