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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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YUNGA Educates Youth on Forests [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2014: The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) released a 'Youth Guide to Forests,' which presents information on forests around the world and provides a step-by-step action plan for the development of youth-led forest initiatives.

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Event: 7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Ballast Water Management will address the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (2004). The Convention has been ratified by 40 countries and is expected to come into force within the next two years. The Convention aims to decrease the rate of bio-invasions that result from shipping. The conference offers an opportunity for sharing experiences and solutions on the implementation of the Convention. It will also include a field trip to Singapore's Ballast Water Centre Facility and other sites. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are organizing the meeting.  

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Event: Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) [viewed]

The Fifth International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) Global Conference (IPSI-5) will be held from 4-5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference will be held back-to-back with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) as a chance for many IPSI members and non-members alike to discuss ways to collaborate and promote the principles of the Satoyama Initiative and its role in sustainable development and biodiversity. IPSI-5 is co-organized by the Ministry of Environment, the Republic of Korea, and the IPSI Secretariat, hosted by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The Assembly on 5 October is open only to IPSI members. The Public Forum from 9:00 to 13:00 on 4 October is open to the general public, with the theme 'Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development,' and featuring presentations from a number of experts working in capacity building and supporting livelihoods for sustainable development. Please note that attendees must be registered for CBD COP 12 in order to have access to the conference venues.  

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks [viewed]

thebluecarboninitiativeSeptember 2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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Oceans Events Support Ocean Management, Stress Enforcement [viewed]

fao-us-mozambique25 September 2014: Participants underscored the importance of improved management and sustainable development of oceans and fisheries at the ‘Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)' event. Participants also recognized the importance of ocean resources for the development, livelihoods and food security of small island developing States (SIDS).

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