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UNEP Releases Report on the Costs of Deforestation to the Kenyan Economy [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Forest Service have launched a report on the impacts of deforestation on the Kenyan economy. The report, which is titled “The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy,” quantifies the negative effects of deforestation and formulates recommendations, including mainstreaming payment for ecosystem services.

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Event: CMS Workshop to Develop an International Action Plan on the Conservation of Argali and Their Habitat [viewed]

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat has invited argali range States to nominate relevant technical experts for the working group in order to contribute to the further strengthening and formalization of transboundary conservation of argali. An international consultant will develop a first draft action plan based on the work of participants at the Vilm workshop in March 2012. At the workshop in Bishkek, which will be financed by the GIZ Regional Program on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia, participants will review this document and discuss priority activities for implementation.  

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ASCOBANS 7 Adopts Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoise, Agrees on Priorities for Research and Conservation [viewed]

24 October 2012: At the seventh meeting of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS), eight countries agreed on a number of measures to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in European waters, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has announced. A

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Event: Second Signatory States Meeting of the Dugong MoU [viewed]

The Second Signatory States Meeting (SS2) of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs (Dugong dugon) and their Habitats throughout their Range will meet in Manila, Philippines.  

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COP 11 Side Events Highlight Financing, Reporting, Ecological Networks and Flagship Species [viewed]

19 October 2012: Side events on financing biodiversity, REDD+, ecological networks, flagship species, and other topics were held during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, from 8-19 October 2012.

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UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Release Protected Planet 2012 Report [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201218 October 2012: A new report, titled “Protected Planet Report 2012: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,” was released on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report - the first in an annual series - reviews progress towards the achievement of CBD targets on protected areas, and includes a set of indicators for protected area coverage, representativeness, effectiveness, management and governance.

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UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

UNEP16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter discusses the aims and mandate of the UNEP-IEMP and introduces the UNEP-IEMP team.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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Draft TEEB Report on Water and Wetlands Released [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), has released the final consultation draft of a briefing note, titled "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands." The draft was released as a contribution to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Hyderabad, India.

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UN Commemorates World Food Day, Launches Report on Avoiding Famines [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN celebrated World Food Day on 16 October under the theme of “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” drawing inspiration from the observance of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.

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