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Latest News - 29 October 2014
Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation
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28_October 2014: 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). continued...
IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions
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20_October 2014: 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. continued...
Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade
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October_2014: 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. continued...
GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement
Read More: GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement
27_October 2014: 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). continued...
Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution
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22_October 2014: 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. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas Colombia 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 2 Nov - 3 Nov
CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Asia Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 Nov - 7 Nov
Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 3 Nov - 8 Nov
CMS COP 11 Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov - 9 Nov
7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) Singapore, Singapore 5 Nov - 7 Nov
Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative London, England, UK 6 Nov - 7 Nov
43rd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 9 Nov
IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 12 Nov - 19 Nov
GEO-XI Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 13 Nov - 14 Nov
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 17 Nov - 21 Nov
 
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