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Event: Semantics for Biodiversity – International Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by Bioversity International, Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD), Centre de Recherche Agronomique pour le development (CIRAD), Institut de Biologie Computationelle (IBC) and Universite de Montpellier II, will define key challenges identified by the bioinformatics community, discuss solutions and identify opportunities emerging from interactions across plant science and informatics disciplines. A key focus of the workshop will be the use of semantic technologies to design and develop systems that support research on agricultural and wild biodiversity conservation and management for food security, including strategies for resilience to climate change pressure, ecosystem monitoring and territory mapping. The invitation to send pre-submissions for papers and abstracts is open until 24 February.  

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Event: Two Two-day Intersessional Workshops on Biodiversity [viewed]

These workshops, which are organized by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), will take place at UN Headquarters on 2-3 May and 6-7 May 2013.  

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CMS Comments on CITES Marine Listing Proposals [viewed]

30 January 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat announced that comments have been provided to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat on the marine species proposals for listing on CITES Appendix I or II at the forthcoming 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013.

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REPALEAC Adopts its New Strategic Plan and Road Map [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Republic of Congo and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) convened the third General Assembly of the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC).

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CITES Reveals New Logo Celebrating 40 Years of Convention [viewed]

January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced a new logo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Progress on Conservation of Albatrosses, Petrels, Argali and Cross-River Gorilla [viewed]

January 2013: The December-January issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights recent progress, including that four of the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (tRFMOS) have adopted seabird conservation measures that incorporate the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)'s best practice advice for pelagic long line fisheries.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on Harmony with Nature and International Mother Earth Day [viewed]

The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a thematic debate on Harmony with Nature on Earth Day, 22 April 2013. The concept note and draft programme are now available at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/. The date also was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a 2009 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution (A/63/L.69).  

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Event: GEF-UNEP-WRI-RA Steering Committee of the Project A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin [viewed]

The Steering Committee on the Global Environmental Facility, United Nations Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, and Rainforest Alliance (GEF-UNEP-WRI-RA) project on "A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin" will meet in Doala, Cameroon from 28-31 January 2013. The project is taking place with the support of The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI), Rainforest Alliance, alongside officials from government, national NGOs, the private sector and international development organizations across the Congo Basin.  

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FAO Releases Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras of the North Atlantic Catalogue [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a catalogue titled "Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras of the North Atlantic," which presents a comprehensive and updated treatment of the identification, taxonomy, distribution, biology and ecology of the sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras of the North Atlantic, FAO Areas 21 and 27.

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IRENA, CMS and AEWA Call for Proposals on Renewable Energy and Migratory Species [viewed]

January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a call for proposals on "Renewable Energy Technologies Deployment and Migratory Species." 

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