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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Wangari Maathai Award Nominations Extended [viewed]

CPF4 June 2014: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) announced an extension on the call for nominations for the Wangari Maathai Award 2014. Nominations must now be received by 4 July 2014, with the selection of the winner by August 2014.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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Event: Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop [viewed]

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop will bring together representatives from the 12 range States to advance implementation of the GSLEP. The meeting is organized by Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative, Snow Leopard Trust, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID, among others,  

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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IPBES Interim MEP Report Calls for Improved Member Selection [viewed]

ipbes9 May 2014: The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), through Decision IPBES-2/2 (para 3), requested that the interim Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) prepare a report by June 2014, reflecting on “the lessons learned with regards to its functioning and how to improve it.” The report, now published, highlights nine lessons learned.

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Event: CBD Workshop on Resource Mobilization for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). As one of a series of resource mobilization workshops, it will enhance the capacity of participants to apply pertinent methodologies, frameworks and tools for identifying, assessing and reporting on existing biodiversity finance, in order to develop robust financial baselines and national finance plans for effective implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and to identify relevant biodiversity values and incorporate them in policy planning.  

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GESMAP Updates Ballast Water Methodology [viewed]

15 April 2014: The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESMAP) Ballast Water Working Group has updated its Methodology for conducting its work and gathering information. The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) endorsed the revised Methodology (BWM.2/Circ.13.Rev.1) and agreed it should be applied to all submissions for Basic Approval of Ballast Water Management (BWM) systems.

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