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IUCN Releases List of 100 Most Threatened Species [viewed]

Priceless or Worthless?11 September 2012: More than 8,000 scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) have compiled a list of the 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi on the planet. Their report, titled "Priceless or Worthless?" was released with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) during the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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Event: The LVIV Forum on Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Centered on Eastern Europe and Northern and Central Asia, the forum will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with shifting to a Green Economy within the forest sector. The forum will examine lessons learned and good practices and discuss ways forward within the framework of the outcomes of Rio+20. Organizers include: the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and State Forest Resource Agency of Ukraine, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), FORZA, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Bern University of Applied Sciences – School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).  

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Analysis of Dryland Biodiversity Launched at World Conservation Congress [viewed]

9 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched a report titled "Conserving Dryland Biodiversity."

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Report Favors Rights-Based Approach to Managing Forests [viewed]

7 September 2012: A report released during the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, titled “Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry,” argues that, with the right processes in place and under the right conditions, almost any individual or group can build a successful forest enterprise. 

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Event: Land Day 6 [viewed]

Land Day 6 will consider the theme “Land Degradation Neutrality - A Response to the 2020 Aichi Targets”. It will take place on 15 October 2012, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, which is being orgainzed in parallel to the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The speakers at Land Day 6 will showcase the benefits of synergetic implementation of the Rio Conventions using successful initiatives that simultaneously conserve biodiversity and restore degraded land. Land Day 6 will, in particular, offer an opportunity to consider the relationship between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of the UNCCD's 10-Year Strategic Plan and Framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018).  

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ICRAF Newsletter Highlights 2011-2012 Annual Report, Nairobi Science Forum [viewed]

4 September 2012: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) published the August issue of its "Transformations" newsletter, which announces the release of its Annual Report, highlighting issues related to sustainable soil and water management, climate change, value chain management and conservation of native tree species. The newsletter also includes articles addressing farms, food security and climate change adaptation, and notes key publications and the Science Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Report Highlights Declining Health of Caribbean Corals [viewed]

7 September 2012: A new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report highlights that average live coral cover on Caribbean reefs has declined to just 8% of the reef today, compared with more than 50% in the 1970s.

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UNDP Showcases "Triple Wins" from Central Asia and Eastern Europe [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched “Empowering Lives, Building Resilience,” a publication on transformative development achievements in Central Asian and Eastern European countries. Each story included in the report demonstrates achievements over a five- to 10-year period that are substantiated by data and personal evidence.

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"Species" Features IUCN SSC and Specialist Groups' Reports [viewed]

September 2012: The special Quadrennium 2008-2012 issue of Species, a magazine of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), features the SSC Quadrennium report, along with Specialist Group and other groups and task forces reports.

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ASEAN-Korea Forestry Meeting Adopts Seoul Declaration [viewed]

30 August 2012: The Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded the first session of the Governing Council of the Agreement on ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation, adopting the Seoul Declaration on Forestry. The meeting also noted the establishment of the Asia Forestry Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), which will encompass the 20% of the world's tropical forests that lie within the ASEAN countries.

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