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UNEP Releases Report on Thawing Permafrost, Warns of Increased GHG Emissions and Threats to Ecosystems [viewed]

UNEP27 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost,” which aims to highlight the potential hazards of carbon dioxide and methane emissions from warming permafrost. The report also underscores the impacts of decreasing permafrost to ecosystems, and recommends an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment on permafrost.

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IPBES and Intersessional Process Provides Updates on Preparations for First Session [viewed]

21 November 2012: The Interim Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat has announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended until 30 November 2012.

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Workshops, Group of Experts Contributing to World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

November 2012: Throughout 2012, a series of workshops have been held to contribute a regional perspective and content for the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA). 

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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Marine Meeting Discusses Tools to Improve Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity16 November 2012:  An international meeting on marine and coastal biodiversity was held in Brest, France, on 13-14 November, 2012, as a contribution to the UN Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020), with a focus on interactions between the development of marine territories and biodiversity.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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UNESCO Study Finds Most Marine Biodiversity Still Undiscovered [viewed]

15 November 2012: According to a study published today and coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well-known marine animals, such as whales or dolphins, represent a tiny fraction of marine biodiversity. The 226,000 marine species identified so far are "but a small portion" of the estimated 700,000 to one million total.

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Event: Technical Workshop on Managing Living Soils [viewed]

The objective of this workshop for the Global Soil Partnership will be to review the state of the art in regard to soil management across the world and within each region, drawing on: participants' knowledge of the status and trends in specific countries and contexts; practical experiences; and case studies, including relevant processes or mechanisms that can be built on or scaled up to support sustainable soil management. Technical, institutional, financial and policy issues and constraints and opportunities will be discussed as the basis for identifying priorities and future actions for a proposed Plan of Action for Pillar 1 of the Global Soil Partnership on promoting sustainable management of soil resources worldwide. The target audience for this workshop is the global community engaged in soil management for different land uses including representatives of governments, academic and research fora and development partners from each region, as well as civil society organisations and private sector bodies. The timing of the event, coinciding with the celebrations of the World Soil Day, is hoped to help raise awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the provision of other ecosystem services. The workshop is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC/EC).  

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Proceedings of Ramsar COP 11 Available [viewed]

16 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the proceedings of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), which took place in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, are now available on CD-ROM in English, French, and Spanish.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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