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FAO Report Considers the Sustainability of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2013: A new report of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), titled "Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge," addresses the issue of biofuel sustainability based on a global assessment of major commodities and feedstocks. The report is guided by the need to understand the economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions of biofuels, and how these elements can be used to address the challenges of land-use change, food security and climate change.

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BirdLife and IUCN Organize Event on Addressing IAS in EU Legislation [viewed]

22 February 2013: BirdLife and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 February 2013 on the threat posed by invasive alien species (IAS). The event was hosted by Member of the European Parliament Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

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EEA Releases Reports on Invasive Species [viewed]

EEA21 February 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on invasive species. The first, titled "The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe," discusses the effects and spread of some species. The second, titled "Invasive alien species indicators in Europe," looks at the methodology for collecting the data.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Synthetic Biology, Proposals for New and Emerging Issues [viewed]

CBD22 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for the submission of information on components, organisms and products resulting from synthetic biology techniques, as well as for proposals for new and emerging issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Submissions on the MLS [viewed]

20 February 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has issued a notification drawing parties' attention to a list of decisions of the ITPGR Governing Body at its fourth session, held in March 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, concerning the operation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS), and has requested the submission of information to that regard.

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First Universal UNEP GC Adopts Decisions on IPBES and Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems [viewed]

25 February 2013: The 27th session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) convened in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18-22 February 2013. This was the first Universal Session of the GC following the decision of the UN General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP, as called for in the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 or UNCSD) outcome document.

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CITES Announces Side Event Schedule for CoP16 [viewed]

23 February 2013: More than 50 side and social events will be hosted on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16). Topics covered will include transnational wildlife crime, elephants, rhinos, saiga antelopes, sharks and manta rays, geckos, and snow leopards.

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CBD Encourages National Participation in Post-2015 Consultations [viewed]

CBD22 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification encouraging CBD National Focal Points and stakeholders to actively engage in national-level discussions on the UN's post-2015 development agenda, in order to highlight the critical role of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystems that provide essential services, and which are the foundations for sustainable development and human well-being.

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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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