Publication

Liaison Group Recommends Measures for Biosafety Capacity Building [viewed]

CBD30 May 2014: The tenth meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-Building for Biosafety has developed a series of recommendations to improve implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, as an integral part of strategies and measures to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Ramsar Launches Handbook on Wetland Education Centres [viewed]

Ramsar5 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and the Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation (ERF) have launched the ‘Handbook on Best Practices for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres.' The launch took place on World Environment Day 2014. The Handbook presents lessons learned on the design and operation of wetland education centres from around the world.

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Common Oceans Programme Addresses Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO-Common-OceansJune 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication, titled ‘Common Oceans: Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.' The report introduces the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Program, which focuses on tuna, deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

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FAO Publishes First Global Assessment of Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAO3 June 2014: For the first time, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has conducted a global assessment of forest genetic resources. ‘The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources' is based on reports from 86 countries and encompasses approximately 85% of global forest cover. 

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SFP Brief Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

sustainablefish28 May 2014: The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has issued a brief, titled 'Climate Change: Implications for Fisheries and Aquaculture,' which details the threats of climate change and ocean acidification to fisheries, aquaculture and marine resources as relayed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). 

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On Fifth Anniversary, CTI-CFF Progresses on EAFM, Establishment of Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeADBMay 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) celebrated its fifth anniversary at the 5th CTI-CFF Ministerial Meeting (MM5). Ministers agreed on an 18 point Joint Ministerial Statement at MM5, which addresses fisheries management, threatened species and the establishment of a permanent Secretariat, among other items.

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FAO Supports Identification of Deep-Sea Species [viewed]

FAO28 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first in a series of guides meant to assist with the identification and reporting of deep-sea by-catch, especially in regard to sharks, rays, skates, chimaeras and cold water corals. The first manual in the series focuses on cartilaginous species in the Indian Ocean. 

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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