Meeting

FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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Participants Discuss Proposals for Protecting Oceans and High Seas at GOC Event [viewed]

goc19 December 2014: Participants discussed the final report of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) and its eight proposals on restoring and protecting the oceans and high seas at an event at Monaco's Musée Océanographique. At the event, Prince Albert II of Monaco pledged his support for the GOC.

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Rio Conventions Explore Common Indicators for Land-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logo11 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, an event hosted by China and attended by ministers from seven countries, discussed how the three Rio Conventions can work in a synergistic way to enhance the resilience of communities affected by desertification and climate change.

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Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

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Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation [viewed]

kisr16 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.

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CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan [viewed]

CITES4 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.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 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.

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WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks [viewed]

wcpfc10 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.

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WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress [viewed]

waves10 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.

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ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

Asean13 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.'

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