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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO-Common-OceansFebruary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs).

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Event: World Water Day 2015 [viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.  

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Event: Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions [viewed]

This invitation-only event will bring together representatives from the public sector, international initiatives, knowledge centers, multilateral bodies, leading companies, financial institutions and academia to discuss steps that can be taken to create an enabling environment for the adoption of natural capital accounting (NCA) by governments, businesses and the financial sector. The purpose of the event is to engage experts and practitioners in the creation of a multi-stakeholder NCA platform. Specific topics include: the business case for NCA; how the uptake of NCA can be incentivized in various global and national contexts; uptake challenges, success stories and lessons learned from around the world; and how NCA policy options fit within the design of policy instruments for broader natural capital and environmental management. The meeting is being organized by Globe International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Natural Capital Coalition, National Capital Declaration, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank Group.  

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GLF Youth Report Calls for Greater Respect for Age Diversity [viewed]

glf16 February 2015: At the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), held at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), a particular effort was made to incorporate youth, build their capacity to participate and demonstrate the benefit of youth engagement. As a follow up to these efforts, the Forum has released a report on building knowledge and skills among youth participants in the GLF.

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Event: International Symposium on Forest Biotechnology for Smallholders (FBS 2015) [viewed]

This symposium builds on the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Development and Sustainable Use of Forest Genetic Resources, adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in June 2013. The Plan identifies the use of new technologies, including biotechnology, as a strategic priority in meeting the rising global demand for forest products and reducing the over-exploitation and degradation of natural forests. The event will share experiences in the use of biotechnology to improve productivity, boost sustainable forest management (SFM) and to support industrial wood production by family farmers, including outgrowers. The symposium aims to contribute to: assessment and information sharing on new applications of biotechnology in smallholder forestry; political awareness of the role of planted forests in poverty reduction, food and energy security and environmental services; and technical support for policy making in relation to family production systems. Co-organized by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), FAO and the Southern Federation of Workers on Family Farms (FETRAF SUL), the symposium will bring together forest researchers and extension workers, students, public policy experts, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.  

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Input on New and Emerging Issues, Climate Change-Related Matters [viewed]

CBD17 February 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a series of notifications calling for views and information on new and emerging issues to be considered by the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the potential impacts of geoengineering on biodiversity, and other climate change-related activities, including experiences with ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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Event: 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

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Event: Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety from the Caribbean Region to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation. Participants will also address: the Protocol's status of implementation in the Caribbean; the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets and their implementation in the region; public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs); and ratification and implementation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.  

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