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Event: Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Europe [viewed]

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Europe region will take place from 20-24 October 2014.  

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Event: Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Oceania [viewed]

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Oceania region will take place from 18-20 August 2014.  

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative [viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making. Themes of the summit will include: creating a shared definition of natural capital, applying and demonstrating the concept, ensuring scientific rigor, and communicating recommendations across sectors.  

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

World Bank - GEF17 July 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet they receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration [viewed]

FAO17 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report, titled 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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