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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

ICP_16_iisdrs_coverage10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter [viewed]

unep_race 9 April 2015: Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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Event: 15th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) [viewed]

Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.  

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Event: 25th Anniversary of FOREST Europe [viewed]

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of FOREST EUROPE, a side event at the margins of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) will convene. The event will look back on the main achievements of FOREST EUROPE and its contribution to sustainable forest management in the pan-European region. The event will also identify future challenges facing forests and discuss the high-level political commitments that may be required to address them.  

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Event: CBD Technical Expert Workshop on Biodiversity-Related Investments and Impacts [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this international technical expert workshop will focus on identifying, accessing, compiling and aggregating domestic and international biodiversity-related investments and their impacts.  

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Guest Article #32: Whetting the Appetite, Improving Knowledge as a Tool for Wetlands Protection [viewed]

As the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands approaches and Parties and stakeholders prepare to reflect on its success and future plans, a new e-course from InforMEA, a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Information and Knowledge Management Initiative, has been established to promote understanding of the Convention and its role in international wetlands conservation.

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WIPO Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge Shares Practices and Experiences [viewed]

Wipo1 April 2015: Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a seminar shared regional, national and local practices, experiences and case studies regarding intellectual property and genetic resources and traditional knowledge and cultural expressions.

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Event: Third Meeting of Signatories - Aquatic Warbler MoU [viewed]

The Aquatic Warbler Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was concluded in Minsk, Belarus, under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and became effective on 30 April 2003. It aims to safeguard the Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), which is the rarest migratory songbird of Europe, and the only globally threatened passerine bird found in mainland Europe. The third meeting of the Signatories of the MoU Concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler will take place from 20-21 May in Ventė, Lithuania.  

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Event: 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2) [viewed]

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

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Technologies to Support MRV and Track Private Sector Deforestation Commitments [viewed]

cifor_profor_unep_wcmc1 April 2015: During March, the month that marked the celebration of the International Day of Forests, a number of significant forest-related research studies, tools and technologies were released.

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