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WWF/TRAFFIC Report Assesses Impacts of International Trade on Walrus Populations[viewed]

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC have released the report 'Hauling Out: International Trade and Management of Walrus,' which concludes that a lack of long-term data and poor information quality on walrus populations makes it difficult to determine the impacts of international trade or climate change on the species.

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CITES Virtual College Accessible in Chinese[viewed]

The Virtual College of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been translated into Chinese in an effort to reach a wider audience and assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities. Already more than 20,000 users have accessed the College, with 8 out of the top 20 user countries located in regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development[viewed]

Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session[viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015.

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Federation of Mountain Protected Areas to Facilitate Management [viewed]

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR presented the Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA), a global alliance of mountain protected areas (PAs), at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The FMPA will provide a platform to share information, experiences and best practices to facilitate the management of mountain PAs.

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UNEP-WCMC Updates Ocean Data Viewer [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched an updated version of its Ocean Data Viewer. The updated version facilitates comparison among the website's 22 global datasets on coastal and marine biodiversity, and features additional information and downloadable links.

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Bioversity International, Embrapa Sign MoU to Advance Agricultural Biodiversity[viewed]

Bioversity International and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation on the role of agricultural biodiversity in developing sustainable food systems.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping[viewed]

Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review,' at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which took place in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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ICRAF Partners with Clarins in China[viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) announced its third public-private partnership of 2014, joining the French company Clarins to support agroforestry in China. The partnership will provide training for small-scale farmers to produce sustainable supplies of plants for beauty products.

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