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Second Signatory State Meeting Marks Progress in Dugong Conservation [viewed]

20 February 2013: The Second Signatory State Meeting for the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU) convened from 19-20 February, in Manila, the Philippines, acknowledged progress in the conservation of the dugong, while  four new Signatories – Bangladesh, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan – joined the MoU.

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Vanuatu Signs Sharks MoU [viewed]

20 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that Vanuatu has joined the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) as its 26th Signatory. Vanuatu signed the MoU in the Philippines on 19 February 2013.

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UNU Book Presents Case Studies on Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: A new book published by the United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) includes case studies on biodiversity and traditional knowledge provided by several Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs), which highlight the way traditional and indigenous knowledge on biodiversity is increasingly recognized in a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts, and further demonstrates the links between biological and cultural diversity.

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CGRFA Releases Report of Sixth Technical Meeting on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the report of the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), held from 14-16 November 2012, in Rome, Italy. The Working Group's recommendations will be considered by the CGRFA at its 14th meeting, to be held from 15-19 April 2013, in Rome, Italy.

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Experts Present Work on LMEs Management in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP - GEF16 February 2013: Representatives from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Council for Exploration of the Sea, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have presented their work to scientists, experts, educators and media at a one-day conference on “Stress, Sustainability and Development of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) during Climate Change.”

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Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) Report Gives Mixed Marks to World Bank on Forests [viewed]

5 February 2013: An evaluation conducted by the Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group (WBG) gives mixed marks to the Bank's performance on the three objectives related to conservation, poverty alleviation and economic development set forth in its 2002 Forest Strategy.

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Preparations Underway for IPBES-2 [viewed]

February 2013: The IPBES Secretariat has outlined a number of elements that the first plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) agreed on for the intersessional process leading towards the second session of the IPBES plenary (IPBES-2).

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Event: Leadership Meeting on Environmental Sustainability in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the 11 Global Thematic Consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this High-Level Meeting will bring together NGOs, the sponsoring governments, and participants from the UN, among others, to discuss and define recommendations on environmental sustainability in a future framework. This consultation is being co-led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), with support from the Governments of France and Costa Rica.  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Regional Training Workshop on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of LMOs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this regional training workshop for Asia-Pacific will discuss concepts, tools and instruments for sharing experiences and lessons learned, as well as strategies for enhancing regional and subregional cooperation on the implementation of the programme of work. The workshop will also raise awareness of the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and discuss its ratification and implementation. Parties are invited to nominate participants by 22 February 2013.  

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 [viewed]

The 2013 annual World Day to Combat Desertification will focus on the slogan “Don't let our future dry up.” The day is celebrated on 17 June, to mark the conclusion of negotiations on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This year's theme of drought and water scarcity takes into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 will seek to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, and to call attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of the post-Rio+20 agenda and post-2015 development agenda.  

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