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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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CMS Executive Secretary Appointed UNEP DEPI Deputy Director [viewed]

5 January 2012: Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was appointed Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as of 9 January 2012. Mrema announced her decision to step down as Executive Secretary at the 38th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee and the most recent Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP 10).

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UNEP Highlights Role of Ecosystem Management in Africa's Development [viewed]

UNEP17 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the seventh issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled “Putting Ecosystem Management in the Vision of Africa's Development: Towards a Sustainable Green Economy.” The brief addresses the foundational significance of ecosystems for human well-being in the African region.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Highlights New Atlas of Geomorphic Features [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the December 2011 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #24), highlighting the recent release of a publication titled “Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats.”

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Event: World Environment Day 2012 [viewed]

World Environment Day 2012 will be celebrated under the theme "Green Economy: Does it include you?" and will be hosted by Brazil. World Environment Day 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Day.  

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UN-REDD Launches Multiple Benefits Mapping Toolbox [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has developed an ArcGIS toolbox for multiple benefits analyses under reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Highlights West African Training Programme on Continental Shelf [viewed]

November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme released the November 2011 edition of its newsletter. Marine Newsletter #23 features an update on the UNEP Shelf Programme, which aims to assist West African countries in the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

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Event: TEEB Capacity-building Workshop for North Africa and the Middle East [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), in close coordination with the UNEP TEEB Office, the League of Arab States, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). The workshop seeks to: provide decision-makers in the region with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services; and support the revision and review or update of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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IPBES Receives Comments on Draft Rules of Procedure, Work Programme [viewed]

December 2011: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has received comments on the draft elements of the IPBES work programme, as well as on the rules of procedure and related IPBES procedures.

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Additional Parties Join CMS Sharks and Raptors MOUs [viewed]

22 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that several new parties have joined the Memoranda of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) and on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

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