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International Workshop Declares Importance of Yellow Sea to Migratory Birds [viewed]

CMS23 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) attended a conference in China to discuss key conservation sites for migratory birds in the Yellow Sea. The workshop agreed on a declaration requesting stronger recognition of the important ecosystem services provided by the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea. This includes biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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TEEB Releases Report on Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Valuation of Biodiversity [viewed]

TeebSeptember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has released a summary report that makes the case for the economic valuation of biodiversity and provides a strategy for implementing biodiversity valuation across the domains of policy-making, public administration and business. The report, titled ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Challenges and Responses,' recounts the conceptual and historical origins of the TEEB, as well as well the challenges and opportunities it faces in mainstreaming biodiversity valuation at local, national and international scales.

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GOC Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Oceans [viewed]

goc22 September 2014: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) delivered a global petition to the UN, calling for a new international agreement on high seas protection at an event organized by The Ocean Elders in New York, US. Over 260,000 people have signed the petition, titled ‘Ban Ki-moon: Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity-propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014.'

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FAO Bulletin Highlights ABNJ Deep-Seas Project [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released its Summer 2014 ‘Deep-Sea High Seas News' bulletin. It features the approval of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Deep Seas Project, including FAO collaboration with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) on the project.

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CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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IDRC Project in Ethiopia Improves Nutrition through Plant Breeding [viewed]

IDRCSeptember 2014: Farmers in southern Ethiopia have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties. At the same time, improved food processing, preparation methods and education programs have contributed to better nutrition, including through the incorporation of chickpeas into diets.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime [viewed]

INTERPOL - GRID-ArendalSeptember 2014: INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014' [viewed]

State of the RainforestSeptember 2014: GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014.' The report is based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

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FAO Circulates Reports of ITWGs on Plant and Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated the reports of the third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Forest Genetic Resources, held from 7-9 July 2014, in Rome, Italy, and of the seventh session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held from 9-11 July 2014 also in Rome.

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