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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6[viewed]

Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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WAZA, WFEN and OuTrop Join GRASP[viewed]

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has added three new partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN), and the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Trust (OuTrop). The new additions bring the partnership to 98 members.

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FAO, GEF, GOF Launch ABNJ Newsletter[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) launched the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Learn Newsletter. The newsletter will facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices on the management of ABNJ to encourage the advancement of integrated, ecosystem-based management policies and practices in ABNJ.

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Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation[viewed]

Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions[viewed]

The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution[viewed]

Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures.

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Event: Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014[viewed]

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'.

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Guest Article #25: CMS COP11 Quito, Ecuador: The Most Important Agenda for Global Wildlife Protection in Recent Memory[viewed]

COP11 will not only address proposals for a record number of shark and ray species, and iconic species such as the African Lion and Polar Bear, for which Parties are seeking urgent protection, but also key proposals to strengthen the Convention and empower it to protect migratory animals across the globe more effectively.

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