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In Interviews, Biodiversity Experts Discuss Benefits of IPBES [viewed]

December 2011: In a series of interviews, experts from international organizations, NGOs, academia and scientific bodies discuss the role of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and its benefits. The IPBES Secretariat recently released the interviews on its website.

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UNEP Shifts Management of Billion Tree Campaign to Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation [viewed]

UNEP7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) formally handed over the management of the Billion Tree Campaign, which has led to the planting of 12 billion trees in 193 countries, to the youth-led environment organization Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation.

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UNEP and IRRI Launch Sustainable Rice Platform [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have launched the Sustainable Rice Platform, which will set environmentally sustainable and socially responsible rice production management standards, and assist rice farmers in adopting these practices.

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Event: Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections: Towards Greener Coastal Economies [viewed]

The Global Conference on Land-Oceans Connections (GLOC) is being hosted by the Government of the Philippines and is being organized by UNEP. The Conference will immediately precede the Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-3) on the implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), and will seek to ensure that a contribution from the linked marine and freshwater communities is feed into the Rio+20 process. GLOC will seek to review policy and implementation frameworks addressing key marine and coastal issues and help ensure those frameworks are: contributing effectively to the development of strengthened and resilient marine and coastal ecosystems serving coastal and linked watershed communities, and meeting the new environmental resource management issues, which the international community is facing. This conference also will include the launch of a new UNEP report on the "Green Economy in a Blue World".  

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Durban Oceans Day Discusses Marine Biodiversity Issues [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day 2011 addressed several issues related to marine biodiversity, including the ecosystem approach, payment for ecosystem services (PES), invasive marine species, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and fish stocks depletion.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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UNEP-WCMC Review Concludes Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Adaptation Warrant More Support [viewed]

1 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), in collaboration with BirdLife International, the International Institute for Environment and Development and the University of Cambridge, has released a systematic review of the evidence of the effectiveness of ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation (EbA).

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UNEP/CMS Reports Highlight Threats to Birds from Power Lines [viewed]

24 November 2011: At the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), two reports were launched that highlight the impact of power lines on migratory birds in the African-Eurasian region.

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Event: Intergovernmental Meeting to Negotiate and Endorse GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers [viewed]

The intergovernmental meeting to negotiate and endorse the GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers is scheduled to take place from 30 January-1 February 2012, in the Republic of Korea.  

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Second MOP on Gorilla Agreement Addresses Budget Shortfall, Action Plans Review, YoG Achievements [viewed]

Photo courtesy of the Gorilla Organization29 November 2011: The second Meeting of the Parties (MOP 2) of the Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats (the Gorilla Agreement), under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), met from 26-27 November 2011, in Bergen, Norway, immediately after the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to CMS.

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