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IWC 63 Postpones Decision on South Atlantic Sanctuary [viewed]

14 July 2011: The 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was held from 11-14 July 2011, in St Helier, Island of Jersey, UK. Among other issues, the Commission examined the report of the Scientific Committee on the status of whale stocks and endorsed its recommendations.

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Proposed Reform of EU Common Fisheries Policy Unveiled [viewed]

13 July 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its proposals for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), seeking to secure fish stocks and fishermen's livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks. The reform is expected to lead to a decentralized approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, and better governance standards in the EU and at the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements.

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CBD West Africa Workshop Focuses on Finance and Biodiversity [viewed]

12 July 2011: A regional workshop on finance and biodiversity, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Country Support Programme, was held on 9 July 2011, in Dakar, Senegal.

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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MAB Adds 18 Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

30 June 2011: The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), bringing the total number of sites to 580. The new sites are located in Canada, Chile, China, Ghana, Jordan, Lithuania, Maldives, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Togo, Ukraine, Yemen, Israel, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Viet Nam.

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European Commission Adopts Zero Tolerance Policy on GMO Material in Feed [viewed]

24 June 2011: The European Commission has adopted a regulation to harmonize implementation of the zero tolerance policy on non-authorized genetically modified (GM) material in feed.

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WHC Inscribes Sites in Africa, Asia, Oceania [viewed]

Geyser spewing super hot water at Lake Bogoria, Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley24 June 2011: The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, the Ogasawara Islands of Japan, the Saloum Delta in Senegal, and Australia's Ningaloo Coast on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

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WHC Places Two Tropical Rainforests on World Heritage in Danger List [viewed]

A view of Río Plátano Biosphere reserve in Honduras. Photo courtesy of UNESCO/Edgardo Benitez22 June 2011: The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to inscribe Indonesia's Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra and the Honduran World Heritage site of Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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EU Environment Ministers Discuss 2020 Biodiversity Strategy [viewed]

EU flag21 June 2011: The Environment Council of the EU adopted conclusions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 on 21 June 2011. The Council endorsed the proposal made by the European Commission in May 2011, while emphasizing the need to further discuss its actions, and recognized the importance of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms.

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Reports of Technical Working Groups on Plant, Forest Genetic Resources Posted [viewed]

FAOJune 2011: The reports of the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) and of the first session of the ITWG on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR), held in the framework of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), have been made available online.

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