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Results Available from Pacific Efforts Against Illegal Fishing [viewed]

SPCDecember 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released the results of a two-week surveillance operation, named “Kurukuru 2012,” aimed at detecting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the Pacific.

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TERI Launches Nordic Center at University of Eastern Finland [viewed]

7 December 2012: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has opened a Nordic Center at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. The new institution will focus on topics related to sustainable forestry, bio-resource management, bio-economic innovation, and renewable energy in the boreal and arctic areas, as well as globally.

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WWF Report Finds Approach to Combating Illegal Trade in Endangered Species is Failing [viewed]

December 2012: A newly released WWF report, titled "Fighting Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Consultation with Governments," summarizes the views of a number of governments and international organizations on illicit wildlife trafficking.

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Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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Ramsar Reports Results of BlackSeaWet Meeting [viewed]

13 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the meeting of the management body of the Ramsar regional initiative for Coastal Wetlands of the Black and Azov Seas (BlackSeaWet). The meeting focused on a limited number of priority problems of wetland conservation, management and restoration to be addressed in 2013.

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PISCES Produces Guide on Ecosystem Approaches in Celtic Sea Marine Policy [viewed]

11 December 2012: The WWF-UK led project, Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES), has produced a practical guide for stakeholders and government decision-makers on implementing the ecosystem approach in marine policy. The guide has a focus on marine spatial planning and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EC Issues New Guidelines on Aquaculture in Natura 2000 Sites [viewed]

10 December 2012: The European Commission has issued new guidelines aimed at ensuring the compatibility of aquaculture with EU nature legislation, specifically provisions on the EU network of protected areas known as Natura 2000.

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FAO Biotechnology Forum Discusses New GMOs for Developing Countries [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: During the 18th email conference of the Biotechnology Forum of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), participants discussed which genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are likely to be commercialized in developing countries over the next five years, and likely implications of these GMOs in developing countries.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the final report of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD.

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OIE Discusses Role of Veterinary Services in Managing Disaster Risk [viewed]

29 November 2012: The 21st Conference of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for the Americas considered, among other issues, the role that national veterinary services play in managing disease outbreaks and other risks to animal welfare and animal health in situations of exceptional climatic events or disasters of other origins.

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