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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues [viewed]

cbfpDecember 2013: The 18th meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group, established under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), gathered representatives of Central African countries to review activities related to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), prepare for the second plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) and adopt the Working Group's 2014 roadmap.

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VANTAGE Conference Recommends Increased Natural Capital Valuation in Africa [viewed]

82-vantage-conference6 December 2013: Participants at the International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa agreed on a draft outcome document that takes stock of progress on natural wealth valuation and accounting, and formulates recommendations on increasing implementation of VANTAGE in Africa.

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Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya [viewed]

AEWA5 December 2013: Egypt, with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has agreed to a Plan of Action to ensure that the practice of bird trapping in Egypt and Libya is both sustainable and legal, and to implement efforts to better understand current trends in hunting and trapping. 

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CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Event: CMS COP 11 [viewed]

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

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Species+ to Support Information Management of Globally Protected Species [viewed]

speciesplus13 November 2013: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the European Union have announced the release of 'Species+,' a new online information management resource for globally protected species covered under CITES, CMS and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.  

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Event: International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy [viewed]

The Ecosystem Services Economics (ESE) Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated the work under the programme on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)”, and is organizing this meeting. Specific objectives of the conference include: demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the Green Economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the Green Economy; build consensus among policy-makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the Green Economy.  

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INC-Forests Forwards Unfinished Convention Text to Ministerial Conference [viewed]

inc4-forests11 November 2013: The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests) was unable to finalize the text of a convention on forests during its final session.

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