Cooperation & Partnerships

IUCN SSC Highlights Comeback of Asian Vulture [viewed]

2 May 2012: The April 2012 issue of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) e-bulletin highlights: a call for proposals from the "SOS-Save Our Species" coalition; a workshop on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); conservation news on vultures; and Specialist Group news.

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PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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UNEP WCMC Issues Report on Reporting Synergies among Biodiversity Conventions [viewed]

1 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with support from Finland's Ministry of Environment, has released a report on synergies in national reporting in the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The report offers guidance to the governing bodies of biodiversity-related MEAs, as well as the UNEP Governing Council, the international environmental governance (IEG) reform process and MEA-related processes.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Island Conservation Retreat, Endorsement of Palau's Water Policy [viewed]

1 May 2012: The May 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: the outcomes of the 15th Micronesian Island Conservation (MIC) Retreat; and the endorsement of Palau's first National Water Policy by its President, Johnson Toribiong.

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WHO and CBD Hold Workshop on Interlinkages between Human Health and Biodiversity [viewed]

April 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently convened a workshop on the interlinkages between human health and biodiversity.

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SPREP Hosts Invasive Species Meeting in Kiribati [viewed]

27 March 2012: Management and control of invasive alien species in the Pacific Islands region was discussed at the Third Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) meeting, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, from 22-27 March 2012. Kirimati Island is the biggest nesting and breeding ground of Pacific seabirds, and one of the main port entries to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

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Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project Launched [viewed]

28 April 2012: A new project has been launched to address the narrowing variety of foods in people's diets, titled the “Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project.” The project is coordinated by Bioversity International, under the leadership of Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

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GLISPA Establishes Working Group on Invasive Species [viewed]

26 April 2012: The Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) announced the establishment of a working group on invasive species, focused on catalyzing commitments to reduce the threat of invasive alien species as a critical component of conservation of island biodiversity, ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable livelihoods.

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UNEP, Ambassadors and Experts Discuss Developments in Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with partners including ambassadors, international experts and researchers from Columbia University took part in a dialogue that highlighted a proposal on natural resource governance and transparency. The panel, held on 24 April 2012, in New York, US, was part of a week-long series of events on peacebuilding and natural resources convened in New York for political missions, UN staff, experts, and researchers.

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Second Session of Plenary Establishes IPBES, Selects Bonn as Location [viewed]

24 April 2012: The second session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) ended with the adoption of a resolution establishing the IPBES, following seven years of discussion. It also selected Bonn, Germany, as the physical location of the Platform's Secretariat. Other modalities and institutional arrangements also were considered.

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