Announcement / Statement

World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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ASEAN and India Ministers Issue Statement Ahead of CBD COP 11 [viewed]

13 September 2012: Environment ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held a meeting on 7 September 2012, in New Delhi, India, and adopted the "New Delhi ASEAN-India Ministerial Statement on Biodiversity." The statement has been circulated as an information document in preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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New CIFOR Director General Takes Office [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced that Peter Holmgren, former Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has taken office as its new Director General.

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IPBES-1 Provisional Agenda Announced [viewed]

13 September 2012: The provisional agenda has been circulated for the first plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1). IPBES-1 will be hosted by the Government of Germany, and take place in Bonn, Germany, from 21-26 January 2013. Regional and stakeholder consultations will take place on 20 January 2013. 

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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IUCN Announces Partnership with Microsoft to Enhance Red List [viewed]

11 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, in which software developed by Microsoft will enable IUCN to begin to capture spatial information on species-specific threats.

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Five Countries' Ocean and Coastal Policies Shortlisted for Future Policy Award [viewed]

World Future Council28 August 2012: Six policies from five countries are shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, which celebrates effective and exemplary policies. The award is given by the World Future Council, in partnership for this year with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation. The 2012 award focuses on the protection of oceans and coasts.

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes Opening of WCC 5 [viewed]

6 September 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of the fifth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). Speaking by video, Ban said the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) had reinforced that well-being depends on taking nature into account in all decision-making, and in order to turn the commitments from Rio+20 into a lasting legacy, a combination of science and passion is needed.

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IPBES Releases List of Members [viewed]

3 September 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the list of members as of 1 September 2012. 

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