Publication

EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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IUCN Study Warns: 12% of Marine Species in the Eastern Pacific at Risk [viewed]

23 February 2012: According to a new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) study, 12% of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica, and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction.

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Ramsar Launches Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes Series [viewed]

23 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) have announced the launch of Briefing Notes, a series of occasional communications on scientific and technical matters relevant to wetlands and implementation of the Convention.

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Ramsar Releases Paper on National Wetlands Committees [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released an information paper that showcases the approaches of six parties in creating and operating National Ramsar/wetlands Committees (NRCs).

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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SPC Releases Online Version of Pacific Forestry Book [viewed]

SPC17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has made available online its book on forestry in the Pacific, titled, “Foundation for a Sustainable Future,” which was produced to commemorate the 2011 International Year of Forests.

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EC Environment Directorate-General Enhances Website on Marine Environment and Coasts [viewed]

EU flagFebruary 2012: The European Commission's Environment Directorate-General has released new pages on its website on the marine environment and coasts, with links to information on the EU's coastal and marine policies, good environmental status and international cooperation through Regional Seas Conventions.

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Adaptation Workshops [viewed]

15 February 2012: The February 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on a climate change adaptation workshop in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and an upcoming pig derby in Guam.  

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