Cooperation & Partnerships

Nairobi Convention Focal Points Discuss Management of WIO Region [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: The Focal Points Forum Meeting of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region (Nairobi Convention) met in Maputo, Mozambique, on 9 August 2012. The meeting focused on implementation of the Nairobi Convention, and preparations for the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 7), scheduled to convene in December 2012.

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CAN Nations Define Plans to Strengthen Deforestation Monitoring [viewed]

August 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, has convened delegates from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to define national plans to strengthen capacities in monitoring land cover, deforestation and environmental degradation, and agreed to promote the development of methodological processes and reports on deforestation for the Andean subregion.

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Event: Western Pacific Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The objective of this UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgnization (UNESCO) organized workshop is to strengthen and promote regional cooperation towards the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment, and build capacity of member countries in the development of integrated marine assessments.  

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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Event: Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development [viewed]

The Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will take place from 29-30 November 2012, in Beirut, Lebanon. Expected topics of discussion include: ecological deficits in Arab countries; population demands on natural capital; environmental performance of Arab countries; comparison of ecological footprints to gross domestic product (GDP); achieving sustainability during expected population growth; and regional cooperation. AFED will release its 2012 annual report, “Ecological Footprint and Survival Options in Arab Countries,” during this annual conference. This report is the fifth annual report about the Arab environment published by AFED since 2008. The report findings will be presented and debated to facilitate discussion on further policy recommendations and implementation action.  

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Event: Cities for Life: Cities' and Sub-national Governments' Biodiversity Summit [viewed]

Held on the margins of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this event is expected to discuss activities undertaken in the framework of the CBD plan of action on sub-national governments, cities and other local authorities for biodiversity.  

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Event: Summit on Island Innovations: Celebrating Bright Spots, Leadership and Successes in Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods [viewed]

This island summit will be held on the margins of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in close collaboration with Grenada, Palau and Seychelles as co-chairs of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and with financial support from Japan. The event will focus on implementation of the CBD programme of work on island biodiversity (PoWIB) and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and will provide a platform to mobilize support for further actions to promote the conservation and sustainable use of island biodiversity.  

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Cetacean MOU Signatories Meet to Address Threats to Dolphins and Whales [viewed]

8 September 2012: Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (Pacific Cetaceans MOU) held their third meeting on 8 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia, addressing the threats facing whales and dolphins in the Pacific Islands Region.

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Event: First Global Meeting of Indigenous Peoples Forum [viewed]

In response to the request of Indigenous Peoples' groups to have a more systematic dialogue with UN agencies, an Indigenous Peoples' Forum has been established at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD will be held in conjunction with the IFAD Governing Council. The IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, approved by the Executive Board in September 2009, introduces this Forum, which was established in February 2011 during a workshop in Rome, as “an instrument to systematically engage Indigenous Peoples at the local, national and international levels through a process of dialogue and consultation between representatives of Indigenous Peoples, IFAD staff and member States.” The workshop set forth the governance and participation criteria of the Forum as well as the objectives. Resolutions coming out of break-out groups and plenary discussions will be presented to IFAD's Governing Council.  

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LMMA Network Gathers at World Conservation Congress [viewed]

10 September 2012: A workshop held on 10 September 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, addressed cost-effective ways to tackle challenges in community marine conservation. The event was convened the sidelines of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, by the UN Environmental Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Blue Ventures, CORDIO and the Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) Network.

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