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Latest News - 17 December 2014
FAO, RFMOs Launch Website on VMEs in ABNJ
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16_December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other partners launched a website on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The website includes a global inventory of fisheries management measures taken by RFMOs to reduce current and potential impacts on VMEs in ABNJ. continued...
Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation
Read More: Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation
16_December 2014: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) convened a workshop to develop a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles. Participants discussed threats facing turtles and suggested the Indian Ocean South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA Marine Turtle M0U) as a future platform for regional cooperation. continued...
SAMBAH Project Reveals New Data on Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise
Read More: SAMBAH Project Reveals New Data on Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise
16_December 2014: The data collected through the EU Life+-funded Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise (SAMBAH) project shows for the first time a clear distinction between the population of porpoises inhabiting the Baltic Proper and the population in the Western Baltic, Belt Seas and Kattegat area during the months important for reproduction. continued...
CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan
Read More: CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan
4_December 2014: More than 20 Thai Government agencies with a role in implementing the country's revised national ivory action plan (NIAP) came together to discuss and brief John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), on progress on the NIAP. continued...
CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC
Read More: CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC
December_2014: Representatives at the Tenth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-10) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) endorsed the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Working Group's Regional and National Roadmaps for 2014-2015, agreed on cooperation agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and agreed on organizational matters. continued...
UN-REDD Calls for REDD+ to Link Mitigation and Adaptation
Read More: UN-REDD Calls for REDD+ to Link Mitigation and Adaptation
December_2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released an info brief exploring how REDD+ can achieve synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation. The brief notes that such synergies are already called for in international processes including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). continued...
UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture
Read More: UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture
12_December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems. continued...
Gangwon Declaration Presented to UN Secretary-General for Transmittal to UNGA
Read More: Gangwon Declaration Presented to UN Secretary-General for Transmittal to UNGA
11_December 2014: The Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea has presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the three major outcomes of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development, for transmittal to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). continued...
WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks
Read More: WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks
10_December 2014: The 11th regular session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) agreed on a number of Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs), including actions to: modify measures for bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna; mitigate impacts of fishing on sharks; and establish a harvesting strategy for key fisheries and stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. continued...
WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress
Read More: WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress
10_December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries. continued...
ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
Read More: ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
13_November 2014: The 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) concluded with the issuance of declarations and statements on a number of transboundary issues of common concern including Ebola, wildlife trafficking, disaster response and terrorism. On wildlife trafficking, 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member States, as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the US, adopted the 'Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.' continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Consultation on the ITPGR Global Information System San Diego, CA, US 7 Jan - 8 Jan
Stakeholder Day Prior to IPBES-3 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 11 Jan
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 12 Jan - 17 Jan
CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Jan
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session New York City, US 19 Jan - 21 Jan
15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Jan - 23 Jan
Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ New York City, US 20 Jan - 23 Jan
Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, Freshwater, Fish and the Future Rome, Lazio, Italy 26 Jan - 28 Jan
48th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee Gland, Vaud, Switzerland 26 Jan - 30 Jan
Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol to UNDRIP New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine ABNJ Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America Lima, Peru 23 Feb - 27 Feb
International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice Lima, Peru 26 Feb - 27 Feb
 
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