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UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global strategy to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems. The 2012-2020 framework represents a shift in focus to recognizing the opportunities provided by biodiversity and ecosystems as a catalyst for sustainable development, while also recognizing the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society and promoting innovation.

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UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

UNEP16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter discusses the aims and mandate of the UNEP-IEMP and introduces the UNEP-IEMP team.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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Draft TEEB Report on Water and Wetlands Released [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), has released the final consultation draft of a briefing note, titled "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands." The draft was released as a contribution to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Hyderabad, India.

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UN Commemorates World Food Day, Launches Report on Avoiding Famines [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN celebrated World Food Day on 16 October under the theme of “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” drawing inspiration from the observance of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.

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FAO and Partners Release Review of Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade in Africa [viewed]

FAO12 October 2012: Underscoring key drivers and impacts of the bushmeat trade, as well as solutions to address the problem, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and international partners have released a review of bushmeat in African savannas, which it says has not received the attention it deserves. The report highlights the impact of the issue on large carnivore populations in Southern and East Africa, in particular.

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UNDP, Australia Partner with Sri Lanka to Support Community Forestry in Dry Areas [viewed]

UNDP12 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Australia announced a partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka to support community forestry in Sri Lanka's dry areas. The investment, totaling AUD5 million, supports Sri Lanka's development vision target of doubling the country's forest cover over 10 years.

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CBD Report Highlights Potential Benefits of Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has published a report on marine spatial planning. The report, published as CBD Technical Series No. 68, was written in response to a request by the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10) Decision X/29.

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Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Analyzes How Urban Land Expansion Will Impact Biodiversity [viewed]

16 October 2012: A new report, titled “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook,” was produced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), together with the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and released on the sidelines of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, convening from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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UNDP's Kjørven Highlights New UNDP Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework [viewed]

UNDP15 October 2012: In an “Our Perspective” piece, Olav Kjørven, Director of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Bureau for Development Policy, highlights the organization's new Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework, which is being launched at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India.

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