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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting[viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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EU Supports Amazon Protected Areas Project[viewed]

The European Union (EU) has financed a project to strengthen protected areas systems in the Amazon. The ‘Amazon Conservation Vision' will increase the areas' resilience to climate change and promote the maintenance of environmental goods and services provision.

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CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management[viewed]

Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes.

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IUCN Invites Comments on ‘The Promise of Sydney'[viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is seeking input on a document titled ‘The Promise of Sydney,' which is expected to be adopted at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. The document aims to demonstrate the value of investments in protected areas (PAs) and in their diverse custodians, and to accelerate the implementation of innovative approaches to PA management.

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CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a workshop for newspaper editors from Zambia in order to identify concrete actions to improve the number and quality of stories on climate change, forests and the environment.

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UNECE: Regional Forest Cover Expanding, but Threatened by Urbanization[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) released the initial findings of a regional assessment of forest cover that highlights a 27.5 million hectare expansion of forested area from 2000 to 2015. According to the report, the UNECE region accounts for more than 41% of global forest cover and has shown an increase in both in protected forest areas as well as an expansion of payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries[viewed]

During a two-day workshop, participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam discussed how agriculture-based interventions, in particular crop diversification, can strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report [viewed]

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR4) ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,' which includes a Summary for Policymakers (SPM), a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions and high-resolution graphics.

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UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly.

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UNEP-WCMC Updates Biodiversity A-Z Website[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched an updated version of its Biodiversity A-Z website. The updated website divides information into biodiversity-related themes and includes two new themes: marine and acronyms.

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