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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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CBD Report Highlights Potential Benefits of Marine Spatial Planning [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), has published a report on marine spatial planning. The report, published as CBD Technical Series No. 68, was written in response to a request by the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10) Decision X/29.

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Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Analyzes How Urban Land Expansion Will Impact Biodiversity [viewed]

16 October 2012: A new report, titled “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook,” was produced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), together with the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and released on the sidelines of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, convening from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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TNC, UNEP-WCMC Release Policy Brief on Assessing MPAs [viewed]

The Nature Conservancy - UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre Policy Brief9 October 2012: In a policy brief released at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) call attention to the need to improve definitions of protection, and reassess how to measure progress towards effective conservation, in the context of Aichi Target 11 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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CMS Releases Second Edition of Flyways Report [viewed]

11 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the publication of the second edition of "A Bird's Eye View on Flyways." The updated report highlights that there are still considerable gaps in the understanding of the distribution and ecology of migratory species.

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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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