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UNU-IAS Policy Report Describes Health and Biodiversity Linkages [viewed]

10 October 2012: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled “Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages,” on the connections between biodiversity and development priorities, particularly the ways in which biodiversity contributes to human health. The report aims to support planning toward development objectives by highlighting health and biodiversity linkages at the community level.

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IOSEA E-News Highlights Outcomes of IOTC Meeting [viewed]

IOSEAOctober 2012: The Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) E-News highlights the outcomes of a meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)'s “Working Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch,” and other news. 

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CBD Study Examines Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity [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), published a study on the impacts of marine debris on biodiversity, and suggesting strategies to address the challenge. The report focuses on four impact categories: entanglement and ingestion, including microplastics; dispersal via rafting; provision of new habitat; and ecosystem-level effects.

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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MOS 1 Adopts Conservation Plan for Sharks [viewed]

27 September 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS 1) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, the first meeting since the MOU came into effect in 2011, adopted a conservation plan for sharks. 

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Video Introduces UNCCD's PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has created a video to promote the online national reporting system developed for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Event: CBD Subregional Capacity-Building Workshop to Address IAS and Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 in the Arab Region [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Western Asia, and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) with financial support from Japan, this workshop will review the existing capacity to address invasive alien species in the region, and consider the need for updating national invasive species strategies and action plans, and national biodiversity strategies and action plans in line with relevant international regulatory frameworks. The workshop has been postponed and the new dates will be announced soon.  

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UNEP Report on Voluntary and Compliance Regimes for Biodiversity Offsets [viewed]

UNEPAugust 2012: The UN Environment Programme has released a report, titled “Biodiversity Offsets: Voluntary and Compliance Regimes,” which reviews existing biodiversity offset schemes and initiatives. It also appraises the opportunities and risks of using biodiversity offsets to businesses, and provides guidance for financial institutions.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces New Policy Board Observers [viewed]

UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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