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UNEP Governing Council Focuses on Rio+20 [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: Delegates at the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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CMS Sahelo-Saharan Project Welcomes Possible Nature Reserve Designation in Niger [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Steering Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes project in Niger has reviewed progress on anti-poaching activities and the planned designation of the Termit Tin Toumma area as a nature reserve.

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Event: First Session of the STAC for the LBS Protocol [viewed]

The first session of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in charge of advising member countries in the implementation of the Protocol on Marine Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) will take place in Aruba. The LBS Protocol is one of several to the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, France, Guyana, Panama, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US are Parties to the Protocol. The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU) provides the secretariat services for the Convention, its Protocols and its associated bodies such as the STAC. The first session of the STAC will discuss, inter alia: emerging pollution issues for the WCR; state of the WCR coastal and marine environment; implementation of the LBS Protocol; and new projects/needs.  

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Event: CBD Capacity Building Workshop for West Asia and North Africa on PoWPA Implementation [viewed]

The sub-regional workshop for West Asia and North Africa on Capacity Building for Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) of the League of Arab States, the Regional Office for West Asia of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP-ROWA), and the PoWPA Friends Consortium, and is hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates. Its objective is to build capacity to: create national action plans for PoWPA implementation; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the PoWPA on the themes of governance, climate change, sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas.  

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Event: International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise [viewed]

The International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise (IDBHP) aims to promote public support through various events and exhibitions at museums and scientific institutions around the Baltic Sea riparian states. The aim is that IDBHP will be observed by at least one notable institution in every country around the Baltic Sea. The IDBHP offers an opportunity to highlight the critical status of the Baltic population of the harbour porpoise and the threats to its survival.  

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Event: ECS/ASCOBANS/ACCOBAMS Workshop on the EU Habitats Directive and its Implementation in Relation to Cetaceans [viewed]

Organized jointly by ASCOBANS, the Mediterranean sister-Agreement ACCOBAMS and the European Cetacean Society (ECS), this workshop on the “EU Habitats Directive and its implementation in relation to cetaceans” will review the implementation of the Habitats Directive and discuss ways to address some of its challenges. The workshop will focus on the legal framework and consider methods for assessing favourable conservation status of cetaceans, progress with the establishment of the Natura 2000 protected area network, and implementation of strict protection measures throughout EU waters.  

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Event: 19th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee [viewed]

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (CMS/ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee will address, inter alia: priorities in the implementation of the Triennium Work Plan (2010-2012); the Baltic Recovery Plan (Jastarnia Plan); the Report and Recommendations of the 8th Meeting of the Jastarnia Group; Coverage of the Western Baltic, Inner Danish Waters and Kattegat/Skagerrak Area; and the Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea.  

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