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Event: Second Independent Scientific Workshop on Assessments in IPBES [viewed]

The Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in cooperation with the UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and UN University International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP). This workshop will seek to help develop an IPBES and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy. The outcomes of this workshop will be proposed to the second session of a plenary meeting on IPBES, to be held in April 2012.  

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First Eco-Audit Finds Insufficient Protection of Mesoamerican Reef [viewed]

7 February 2012: A first-ever eco-audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) system off the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico has found that, despite some positive steps, much more needs to be done to protect Latin America's largest reef system. 

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Event: IPBES Regional Capacity Building Workshop [viewed]

In preparation for the second session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in collaboration with the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST), with support from UNEP and financial support from the Government of Norway, is hosting a regional capacity building workshop and consultative meeting for ECO country members, as well as Asia and the Pacific. The objective of this regional gathering is to provide information on the IPBES process so far, present the agenda and documents for the second session of a plenary meeting and facilitate an exchange of views on these among governmental stakeholders.  

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Tiger Range States Agree to Tighter Controls, Increased Cross-Border Cooperation [viewed]

14 February 2012: At an international seminar on tiger crime, police and customs heads from 13 tiger range countries agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border cooperation to curb the illegal smuggling of tigers and other critically endangered species. The agreement addressed cross-border action points, opportunities and cooperation strategies.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean [viewed]

UNEP10 February 2012: The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 17) to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which calls for a “blue” economy to safeguard and promote a clean, healthy, and productive Mediterranean environment.

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Event: ICLEI - 2012 World Congress [viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2012 takes place every three years and provides mayors, local government officials, representatives of international institutions and other partners opportunities for peer exchange, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits. ICLEI is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the World Bank and others. Key themes to be addressed during the conference include: green urban economy; changing citizens, changing cities; greening events; and food security and how can biodiversity protection be integrated into municipal planning and decision making.  

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UNEP Year Book 2012 Highlights Soil Carbon Loss, Nuclear Power Plants Decommissioning [viewed]

UNEP9 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2012, which presents important events and developments from 2011 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book details two emerging issues, the benefits of soil carbon, and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.  

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UN-Backed Tara Oceans Mission Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Planktons [viewed]

9 February 2012: Tara Oceans, a mission carried out under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has arrived in New York, US, to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on oceans. The scientific expedition has been travelling the world's oceans for almost three years, investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity and marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on plankton.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Highlights OCEANIDS Data Tool [viewed]

February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January 2012 edition of its newsletter, featuring OCEANIDS, a new tool to find and examine public marine-related scientific datasets. The tool was developed with the non-Geographical Information System (GIS) expert end user in mind. The January newsletter also highlights recent and upcoming events related to marine issues. 

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Satoyama 4 Features Views on Connections between CBD and Rio+20 [viewed]

February 2012: The fourth issue of Satoyama, a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), contains articles by Heads of State and leaders of international organizations, as well as senior officials. The authors highlight, inter alia: the importance of biodiversity in the sustainable development agenda; human-influenced forces behind biodiversity loss; and collaborations between environmental organizations.

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