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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas[viewed]

During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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EU Adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation[viewed]

The European Union (EU) adopted legislation to address invasive alien species (IAS), in line with its EU 2020 biodiversity targets and its commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Regulation enables the EU to develop and implement a system to prevent the introduction and spread of IAS, with a focus on the species that cause the most damage.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Fact Sheet on Biosafety Protocol Strategic Plan[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a Fact Sheet summarizing the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks[viewed]

The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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Event: Global Soil Biodiversity Conference[viewed]

The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference will be organized by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS, from 2-5 December in Dijon, France.

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves[viewed]

On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS[viewed]

As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials[viewed]

At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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Oceans Events Support Ocean Management, Stress Enforcement[viewed]

Participants underscored the importance of improved management and sustainable development of oceans and fisheries at the ‘Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)' event. Participants also recognized the importance of ocean resources for the development, livelihoods and food security of small island developing States (SIDS).

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