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Second Stakeholder Forum on IPBES Discusses Stakeholders Participation [viewed]

15 April 2012: Approximately 50 participants discussed stakeholders' engagement in the future Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) during the second Stakeholder Day, which was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Event: CLME Regional Workshop on Conservation, Fisheries Management Practices and MPA Implementation Strategies in the Caribbean [viewed]

This workshop is part of the “Reef Fisheries and Biodiversity” Pilot Project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme's Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), as part of the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Sub-commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) Global Environment Facility (GEF) Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) Project. This project seeks to promote the sustainable management of the shared living marine resources of the Caribbean and adjacent marine areas through an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach and the principles of good governance. Organized by UNEP-CEP in collaboration with a local project partner CORALINA, the workshop aims to facilitate networking, the transference of better practices, and the dissemination of lessons learned from the pilot project's activities, in order to improve management and governance of the reef fisheries and biodiversity at three target sites in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.  

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Event: Cultural and Biological Informal Diversity Liaison Group Meeting [viewed]

The objective of the first meeting of the Diversity Liaison Group is to assess advances made since the launch of the UNESCO/CBD joint programme of work on biological and cultural diversity in October 2010, and to provide advice on possible steps forward, including on priority focus areas for the joint programme and possible deliverables for CBD COP-11, and the conceptual framework for and structure and content of the global knowledge platform on the links between biological and cultural diversity to be launched at CBD COP-11.  

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UNESCO Releases Workshop Report on Organic Products in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO15 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report of a workshop held on the "Potentials of a joint marketing of organic products from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves," which explored the contribution to environmental conservation and sustainable development of the production and marketing of organically produced food.

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Event: Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification [viewed]

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNESCO Invites Comments on Updated MAB Forms [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for comments on the draft nomination and periodic review forms for biosphere reserves, which have been updated by the electronic working group chaired by Professor Robert Barbault, Chairperson of the French Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme national committee.

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Exhibition Showcases Germany's UNESCO World Heritage Sites [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the presentation by the German Federal Foreign Office of the exhibition "World Heritage in Germany." The Berlin exhibition provides an overview of the 36 World Heritage sites in Germany.

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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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