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Five European Countries Urge Banning Microplastics [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in personal care products, with the aim of protecting marine ecosystems, including seafood, from contamination. The countries forwarded their joint statement on eliminating microplastics in cosmetic and detergents to the European Union's (EU) environment ministers.

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Event: Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics [viewed]

This conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), seeks to respond to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda goals and targets. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the innovations in data collection, dissemination, access and analytics; means of implementation; and a framework on a transformative strategy for the global statistical system in support of the post-2015 development agenda. The event is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics to be considered during the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.  

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UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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Central and West Africa Protected Areas and Biodiversity Observatory Launched [viewed]

cbfp12 November 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the outcomes of a series of workshops on protected areas in Central Africa. The workshops form part of the EU funded BIOPAMA project, which supports capacity development under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CCAMLR Adopts Measures on Toothfish, Vessel Monitoring, Defers MPA Proposals [viewed]

ccamlrOctober 2014: Member countries of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed on measures to conserve marine living resources in Antarctica at the 33rd annual meeting of the Commission, but did not reach consensus on two proposals on marine protected areas (MPAs). Agreements focused on, inter alia: catch limits for CCAMLR-managed fisheries; the toothfish; and the southwest Atlantic krill fisheries.

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URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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Event: Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 [viewed]

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'. The conference aims to promote socioeconomic growth and food security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from a blue growth perspective. Expert panels will convene on: enabling good governance in aquaculture; a healthy environment, a stronger aquaculture industry; boosting markets for aquaculture; and advancing aquaculture innovations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, explore synergies and possibilities for joint action and mobilize political commitment towards a common aquaculture strategy for the region based on a blue growth approach. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) is organizing the conference with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC).  

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EU Supports Amazon Protected Areas Project [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL23 October 2014: The European Union (EU) has financed a project to strengthen protected areas systems in the Amazon. The ‘Amazon Conservation Vision' will increase the protected areas' resilience to climate change and promote the maintenance of environmental goods and services provision.

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