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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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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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Event: GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium [viewed]

This GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium titled, 'Visioning our Ocean of Tomorrow,' will take place under the theme, ‘Sharing experience and transferring capacity along the Wadden Sea Flyway: Linking people in Norway, the Wadden Sea and West Africa to improve marine and coastal ecosystem management'.  

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CAFF Announces Photography Competition for Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

CAFFJuly 2014: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Secretariat, to celebrate the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, is organizing an Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" Photography Competition. Entries are encouraged in four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North, and business and science in the Arctic. A special prize will be awarded to a youth photographer.

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Global Oceans Commission Report Proposes 8 Actions [viewed]

global-ocean-commision23 June 2014: The Global Oceans Commission has released a report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals for actions to restore and protect natural capital and services. The report highlights “the fundamental mismatch” between the value of the high seas to humanity and the current governance of the high seas, stressing the need for a global blueprint for action to move towards recovery and regeneration.

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GRID-Arendal Newsletter Highlights Digital Global Seafloor Geomorphic Features Map [viewed]

GRID ARENDALJune 2014: The June issue of the GRID-Arendal newsletter highlights the publication of the first digital global seafloor geomorphic features (GSFM) map and beach clean ups in Norway. The newsletter also features a dive against debris map from Project Aware and a list of upcoming events, among other features.

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Event: GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary Celebration [viewed]

GRID-Arendal will celebrate its 25th anniversary under the theme, ‘Cold regions – hot topics: Inputs from Arendal to the global finding of Sustainable Development Goals'. The celebration will include presentations by GRID-Arendal staff and guests, roundtable discussions and workshops.  

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WBCSD, IUCN to Head Natural Capital Protocol Consortia [viewed]

natural-capital-coalition8 July 2014: The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) has selected two consortia, which will be managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to develop a framework to help businesses understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on the natural environment.

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ITPGR Celebrates 10 Years of Entry Into Force [viewed]

ITPGR3 July 2014: On 3 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) celebrated its 10th birthday since its entry into force on 29 June 2004. The event aimed to highlight the Treaty's role in ensuring global food security, farmers' rights, sustainable agriculture, and fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising from the use of plant genetic resources.

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