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Planet Under Pressure Policy Brief Addresses Challenges to Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

March 2012: One of the nine policy briefs produced by the scientific community to inform the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), titled "Rio+20 Policy Brief: Biodiversity and Ecosystems for a Planet Under Pressure – Transition to Sustainability: Interconnected Challenges and Solutions," sets out the main challenges facing the international community as it seeks to protect and enhance biodiversity and its human benefits, also suggesting pathways leading to a more sustainable future.

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Saker Falcon Task Force Discusses Global Action Plan [viewed]

29 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office - Abu Dhabi recently organized the first meeting of the Saker Falcon Task Force.

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Ramsar Team for Africa Prepares National Focal Points for COP 11 [viewed]

2 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that Ramsar National Focal Points met for a two-day Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) negotiations training workshop to enhance their capacity to prepare for effective negotiation during the upcoming 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Coordinating Office on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this workshop seeks to: provide decision makers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services; and support the revision and review of national biodiversity strategies and action plans in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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GEF STAP Hosts Panel on Outcomes of 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

29 March 2012: The biannual meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a high-level panel on how to leverage the outcomes of the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference to inform the GEF process.

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UNECE, UNEP Assess Environmental Health of Dniester River [viewed]

27 March 2012: Two reports on fish and water quality in the Dniester River basin, jointly funded by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), underscore the “alarming” fish population declines and water quality problems in the lower course of the river.

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UN-REDD Reviews its 2011 Activities [viewed]

26 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has launched its "2011 Year in Review" report, which provides an overview of the Programme's achievements at the national and international levels on activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measure for South America [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and its Coordinating Office on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), this workshop aims to support countries in making use of the findings of the TEEB study, as well as similar work at national or regional levels, by: providing economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promoting synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors; and supporting the updating of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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UNEP Report Calls for Urgent Support to Mongolia's Reindeer Herders [viewed]

UNEP26 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Changing Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia's Reindeer Herders,” which calls for urgent support for Mongolia's reindeer herders.

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