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GBIF Announces 2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge [viewed]

GBIfDecember 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The Challenge aims to inspire scientists, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create new applications of open-access biodiversity data, encouraging innovative use of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF's international network.

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GRASP to Use Sina Weibo to Promote Great Ape Conservation [viewed]

GRASPDecember 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will engage with Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, to reach out to a Chinese audience about the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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Event: Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum [viewed]

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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FAO Initiative Supports Identification of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

FAO28 November 2014: An initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is supporting fishers, observers and inspectors in the identification of sharks and rays. The 'Sharks and Rays Initiative' also seeks to: raise awareness for the protection of island biodiversity; enable compliance with new international measures; and address global pressures on shark and ray conservation.

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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INTERPOL Meetings Developing a United Message on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol27 November 2014: A series of INTERPOL Environmental Crime Working Group meetings have focused on developing a joint international strategy to address a broad range of wildlife, forest and pollution-related crime.

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Workshop in Colombia Addresses Implementation of CITES Shark Measures [viewed]

CITES27 November 2014: A workshop on the implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) measures regulating international trade in five shark species brought together more than 60 representatives from CITES authorities and fisheries agencies, customs officials, and other experts, representing over 20 countries.

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IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference [viewed]

IMO18 November 2014: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared strategies for implementing its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) with flag and port authorities, ship operators, engineering firms and other stakeholders at the Seventh Annual Middle-East Shiptech Conference. The conference explored how the Middle East region can best apply technology to maximize energy efficiency, fuel economy and shipping safety.

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