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CMS Participates in WCS/IUCN Cross River Gorilla Strategic Planning Workshop [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Agreements Officer, Melanie Virtue, participated in the Cross River Gorilla strategic planning workshop, which was organized by The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and held under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Primate Specialist Group.

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CMS Launches Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative [viewed]

26 February 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the launch of the Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative, which aims to improve livelihoods and create economic opportunity in exchange for the conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitat.

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletin Focuses on Lake Urmia, Iran [viewed]

UNEP27 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released the February edition of its bulletin, which focuses on Lake Urmia, a hypersaline lake in Iran. The bulletin was produced under the theme of climate change, resource efficiency, ecosystem management, and environmental governance, and focuses on the drying of Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences.  

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Workshop Examines LMO Risk Evaluation and Management in Costa Rica [viewed]

Workshop Examines LMO Risk Evaluation and Management in Costa Rica24 February 2012: A three-day workshop sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) brought together Costa Rican officials with biosafety experts from other Latin American countries to discuss policy approaches to risk evaluation and management regarding living modified organisms (LMOs).

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UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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UNEP Governing Council Focuses on Rio+20 [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: Delegates at the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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CMS Sahelo-Saharan Project Welcomes Possible Nature Reserve Designation in Niger [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Steering Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes project in Niger has reviewed progress on anti-poaching activities and the planned designation of the Termit Tin Toumma area as a nature reserve.

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