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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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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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MOS 1 Adopts Conservation Plan for Sharks [viewed]

27 September 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS 1) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, the first meeting since the MOU came into effect in 2011, adopted a conservation plan for sharks. 

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Video Introduces UNCCD's PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has created a video to promote the online national reporting system developed for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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