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Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang [viewed]

CBD29 September 2014: The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) has opened in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014.

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CMS Concludes COP 11 Regional Preparatory Workshops [viewed]

CMS28 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) concluded the last two of its four regional preparatory workshops for the upcoming eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CMS. These four workshops, held in Chile, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe, were meant to inform National Focal Points (NFPs) on how to best advocate regional interests at COP 11.

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IUFRO Releases Two 'Spotlights' on Forests [viewed]

Iufro26 September 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) released two 'Spotlights' in September, 2014. 'Spotlight #28 - American Indian Forestry: blending science and tradition' investigates indigenous approaches to forestry in the US, while 'Spotlight #27 - Genes the means to screen future forest scene' focuses on forest genetic resources.

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CAFF's ABA Illustrates Change in the Arctic [viewed]

CAFF25 September 2014: The Arctic Council has published an article graphically illustrating changes occurring in Arctic sea ice, temperatures and plant density over a period of 30 years, from 1982-2011. The publication, titled 'Sea ice and vegetation trends in the Arctic,' is part of a series highlighting issues identified by the publication of the Council's biodiversity working group, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's (CAFF), titled 'Arctic Biodiversity Assessment' (ABA).

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Rio Markers in ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) and Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) held a joint expert meeting to review progress and improvements in members' reporting to the DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Flows (OOF), including the use of the Rio Markers.

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Countries Adopt Declaration on Conservation of Large Migratory Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

CMS25 September 2014: Kyrgyzstan and the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) hosted a stakeholder meeting on the conservation of large mammals in Central Asia. A declaration was adopted wherein Parties agreed on the development of a Programme of Work for the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) 2014-2020.

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International Workshop Declares Importance of Yellow Sea to Migratory Birds [viewed]

CMS23 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) attended a conference in China to discuss key conservation sites for migratory birds in the Yellow Sea. The workshop agreed on a declaration requesting stronger recognition of the important ecosystem services provided by the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea. This includes biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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TEEB Releases Report on Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Valuation of Biodiversity [viewed]

TeebSeptember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has released a summary report that makes the case for the economic valuation of biodiversity and provides a strategy for implementing biodiversity valuation across the domains of policy-making, public administration and business. The report, titled ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Challenges and Responses,' recounts the conceptual and historical origins of the TEEB, as well as well the challenges and opportunities it faces in mainstreaming biodiversity valuation at local, national and international scales.

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GOC Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Oceans [viewed]

goc22 September 2014: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) delivered a global petition to the UN, calling for a new international agreement on high seas protection at an event organized by The Ocean Elders in New York, US. Over 260,000 people have signed the petition, titled ‘Ban Ki-moon: Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity-propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014.'

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