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EAS Congress Discusses Building a Blue Economy, Sea Governance [viewed]

July 2012: The 2012 East Asian Seas Congress took place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, with a focus on building a "blue economy" in the region. It addressed, in particular, progress in the governance of regional/sub-regional seas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The Congress included the Fourth Ministerial Forum, an Exhibition, an East Asian Seas Partnership Council Meeting, and a PEMSEA Network of Local Governments Forum.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Signatories to the MOU for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region [viewed]

The objectives of the Third Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region will be to adopt the SPREP regional Whale and Dolphin Action Plan 2013-2017 for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); review the status of implementation of the MoU and the Action Plan; set future priorities for the MoU; and discuss strengthened collaboration at the national, regional and international level for the implementation of the MoU and Action Plan.  

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SPREP, IMO Convene Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas [viewed]

SPREP30 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Australia's Maritime Safety Authority, convened a workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). The meeting aimed to assist in increasing protection of marine environments by building the capacity of Pacific Island nation representatives from the maritime and environment sectors to develop proposals for PSSAs.

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AEWA TC Addresses Implementation of Work Plan for 2012-2015 [viewed]

29 August 2012: The 11th Meeting of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Technical Committee (TC) convened in Accra, Ghana, from 27-30 August 2012, and collected input from working groups on implementing the tasks outlined in the Work Plan for 2012-2015. 

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Forthcoming Cetacean and Sharks Meetings [viewed]

July/August 2012: The latest issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights: forthcoming meetings of the Sharks and Cetaceans Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Romania's actions to avoid construction of wind turbines in Great Bustard habitat, and news on the conservation of argali.

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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FAO Manual on Bats Helps Minimize Risks to Public Health [viewed]

FAO24 August 2012: Citing increasing concern about bats' potential for spreading disease to animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a manual to help countries minimize the risks to public health. The guide aims to increase public understanding on the changes that affect bat populations and approaches to limiting the exchange of viruses between species.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Report of Committee Meeting on SMTA and MLS [viewed]

23 August 2012: The report of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Technical Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS) under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), held from 26-28 June 2012, in New Delhi, India, is available online.

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WIPO IGC Addresses Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

July 2012: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continued negotiations on the latest draft text of an international legal instrument on the protection of traditional cultural expressions. The IGC met from 9-13 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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