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Latest News - 5 March 2015
2015 WWD Gets 'Serious About Wildlife Crime'
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4_March_2015: Convening under the theme, 'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime,' this year's World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated globally on 3 March 2015. continued...
AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation
Read More: AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation
4_March_2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth. continued...
SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals
Read More: SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals
2_March_2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years. continued...
Papua New Guinea Joins ITPGR
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March_2015: Papua New Guinea deposited the instrument of accession to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) in February 2015, and will become a Party on 6 May 2015, bringing the number of ITPGR Parties to 135. continued...
GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste
Read More: GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste
23_February 2015: A project to help fishermen eliminate ghost nets and transition to sustainable fishing gear conducted by the Fishermen's Association of Rio Cacheu (APC) in Guinea Bissau, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, has contributed to the reduction of the use of illegal fishing nets in the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu River (PNTC). Also, the campaign ‘No plastic: A small gesture in our hands,' launched in the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve, São Tomé and Príncipe, in February 2014, has helped reduce plastic waste and promote access to drinking water. continued...
UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change
Read More: UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change
10_February 2015: Participants explored the scientific community's approaches to climate change, including its links to biodiversity, at a conference on the theme ‘Assises du Vivant 2015 - Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities.' The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the conference as part of preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. continued...
Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February
Read More: Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February
February_2015: In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future. continued...
Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ
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February_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs). continued...
UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy
Read More: UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy
25_February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat. continued...
Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin
Read More: Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin
February_2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region. continued...
Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders
Read More: Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders
24_February 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization Saint John's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda 9 Mar - 13 Mar
CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Mar - 19 Mar
World Water Day 2015 worldwide 22 Mar
CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region Colombo, Sri Lanka 22 Mar - 27 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Tenure and Fishing Rights 2015 (User Rights) Siem Reap, Cambodia 23 Mar - 27 Mar
16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea New York City, US 6 Apr - 10 Apr
Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions Washington D.C., US 8 Apr - 9 Apr
Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum Bath, England, UK 9 Apr - 11 Apr
3rd Urban Nature Congress Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 11 Apr - 12 Apr
Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 13 Apr - 17 Apr
2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 17 Apr - 19 Apr
CBD Regional Workshop on EBSAs in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, and Training Session on EBSAs Dubai, United Arab Emirates 19 Apr - 25 Apr
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session New York City, US 20 Apr - 24 Apr
 
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