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WWF/TRAFFIC Report Assesses Impacts of International Trade on Walrus Populations [viewed]

haulin-out27 November 2014: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC have released a report, titled 'Hauling Out: International Trade and Management of Walrus,' which concludes that a lack of long-term data and poor information quality on walrus populations makes it difficult to determine the impacts of international trade or climate change on the species.

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CITES Virtual College Accessible in Chinese [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES26 November 2014: The Virtual College of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been translated into Chinese in an effort to reach a wider audience and assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities. Already more than 20,000 users have accessed the College, with 8 out of the top 20 user countries located in regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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UNEP-WCMC Updates Ocean Data Viewer [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc25 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched an updated version of its Ocean Data Viewer. The updated version facilitates comparison among the website's 22 global datasets on coastal and marine biodiversity, and features additional information and downloadable links.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping [viewed]

IMO19 November 2013: Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health [viewed]

WHO CBDNovember 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review.' The consultation took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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Capacity Building Compendium for PAs Staff Launched at IUCN WPC [viewed]

CBD20 November 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the launch of the publication, titled 'Protected Area Governance and Management.' The compendium provides information on capacity development training for protected area field officers, field managers and executive-level managers with a view to improving governance and management of protected areas (PAs).

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Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress [viewed]

SPREP19 November 2014: Participants discussed threats to Pacific ecosystems and species, showcased efforts to conserve and manage biodiversity through marine protected areas (MPAs) and agreed on collaborative action during a series of Pacific-focused events that took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

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Event: World Soil Day 2015 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

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Event: World Soil Day 2014 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2014 will focus on the theme 'Soils, foundation for family farming'.  

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World Parks Congress EcoHack Edition Develops Ideas to Enhance PA Management [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc21 November 2014: Participants at the Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK), Ecohack worked to develop ideas on three hacks related to protected areas (PAs). The EcoHack took place as part of a three-continent EcoHack relay launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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