Meeting

Biosafety COP/MOP Adopts 14 Decisions, Extends Work on Risk Assessment, Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

bs-copmop73 October 2014: The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7) adopted 14 decisions, including decisions providing for continued intersessional work on risk assessment and risk management and socio-economic considerations.

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets [viewed]

RSCAPs-Representatives1 October 2014: Participants agreed on a "visioning roadmap" for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year road map addresses: the extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution.

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

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Global Mechanism, FSD Sign MoU on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

global-mechanism-fsd1 October 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signaling cooperation on land degradation neutrality.

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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Oceania Regional Meeting Prepares for Ramsar COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar24 September 2014: The Oceania Regional Meeting discussed regional priorities, wetlands management case studies and challenges in preparation for the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12).

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Event: 7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Ballast Water Management will address the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (2004). The Convention has been ratified by 40 countries and is expected to come into force within the next two years. The Convention aims to decrease the rate of bio-invasions that result from shipping. The conference offers an opportunity for sharing experiences and solutions on the implementation of the Convention. It will also include a field trip to Singapore's Ballast Water Centre Facility and other sites. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are organizing the meeting.  

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Event: Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) [viewed]

The Fifth International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) Global Conference (IPSI-5) will be held from 4-5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference will be held back-to-back with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) as a chance for many IPSI members and non-members alike to discuss ways to collaborate and promote the principles of the Satoyama Initiative and its role in sustainable development and biodiversity. IPSI-5 is co-organized by the Ministry of Environment, the Republic of Korea, and the IPSI Secretariat, hosted by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The Assembly on 5 October is open only to IPSI members. The Public Forum from 9:00 to 13:00 on 4 October is open to the general public, with the theme 'Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development,' and featuring presentations from a number of experts working in capacity building and supporting livelihoods for sustainable development. Please note that attendees must be registered for CBD COP 12 in order to have access to the conference venues.  

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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Event: Global Soil Biodiversity Conference [viewed]

The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference will be organized by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS, from 2-5 December in Dijon, France. Held under the theme 'Assessing Soil Biodiversity and Its Role for Ecosystem Services,' this first GSBI conference will summarize the current state of knowledge and recent achievements in the science of soil biodiversity. The goals of the conference will be to promote scientific research on the role of soil biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services, and integrate such understanding into environmental agendas, sustainable policies and land management decisions globally. Topics to be addressed include: discovery and observation; tracking and monitoring; assessing pressures and threats; strategies for management and conversation; soil ecology education; and global harmonization of methods for structural and functional diversity of soil organisms.  

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