Updated IUCN Red List Highlights Species Threatened with Extinction [viewed]

iucn_red_list4 September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the latest update to its ‘IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™' at the World Conservation Congress (WCC), taking place in Hawai'i, the US. The Red List reports the decline of great ape species and threats to other species from illegal harvesting and invasive species.

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IUCN WCC Panel Highlights Link between Human Rights and Conservation [viewed]

word_conservation_congress4 September 2016: High-level speakers participating in a panel discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) on "leaving no one behind: conservation, rights and sustainable development" stressed the mutual importance of recognizing human rights as a precondition for conservation as well as the role of conservation for realizing human rights.

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Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, Natural Capital Protocol Presented at IUCN WCC [viewed]

coalition_for_private_investment3 September 2016: The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) was launched during the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). The CPIC aims to create new opportunities for return-seeking private investment in conservation. Coinciding with the launch of CPIC, the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) released a new Natural Capital Protocol, a framework aiming to generate credible and actionable information for private sector decision makers.

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IUCN-led Report Assesses Western Gray Whale Population, Highlights Lessons from Energy Partnership [viewed]

stories_of_influence3 September 2016: A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) finds the critically endangered western gray whale population is showing signs of recovery, but remains at risk from industry activity in its habitat. IUCN released the report at its World Conservation Congress (WCC), taking place in Hawai'i, the US.

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IUCN WCC High-level Panel Discusses Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress - Planet at the Crossroads3 September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) held a high-level session titled 'Everybody's Business: Ending Wildlife Trafficking,' devoted to the topic of illegal wildlife trade and trafficking. The Panel focused on understanding how wildlife enforcement can be strengthened to stem illegal trade, how local communities can be engaged in solutions to prevent poaching and trafficking, the use of technology, and ways reduce global demand for illegal wildlife products, while raising public awareness and changing behaviors.

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Pacific Forum Discusses Steps Towards Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

ifad_cta_pipso1 September 2016: The second Pacific Agribusiness Forum discussed opportunities for sustainable food systems in the Pacific region, including possibilities for producing added-value and processed food, improving farmers' access to markets, and ensuring compliance with quality standards.

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ASCOBANS Adopts Resolutions on Bycatch, Ocean Energy and Other Conservation Issues [viewed]

ascobans1 September 2016: The Eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) reviewed the implementation of the Agreement and adopted thirteen resolutions to address pressures on dolphins, porpoises and whales. The resolutions propose actions to address current conservation challenges, including bycatch, ocean energy, pollution and anthropogenic noise, among other issues.

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UNEP Publications Identify Water Pollution Impacts, Promote Sustainable Sanitation and Wastewater Management [viewed]

UNEP SEI30 August 2016: In tandem with World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released two publications on water issues, which identify the impacts of increased waterway pollution and propose sustainable solutions for sanitation and wastewater management.

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Guest Article #59: Piloting Global Thematic Reviews of the SDGs: The Case of Natural Resources [viewed]

On 29 July 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on follow-up to and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by consensus. This resolution states that the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will spend the next three years focusing on a range of specific themes and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from eradicating poverty to building resilience to empowering communities. Now that the topics have been identified, there is a need to set up these thematic reviews to ensure that they can effectively support the implementation of the Agenda.

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IUCN WCC Showcases Commitments to Ocean Conservation, Considers Motions on MPAs, ABNJ [viewed]

word_conservation_congress4 September 2016: The Pacific Ocean Summit and a High-level session on 'Actions for a Sustainable Ocean' brought the conservation of the world's oceans and marine resources into focus at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). The Congress is expected to agree on motions to increase marine protected area (MPA) coverage and advance the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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