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IWC and SPREP Partner on Whale Conservation [viewed]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1 October 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) agreed on a partnership on whale conservation and welfare in the Pacific region at a ‘Year of the Whale' side event that took place at the margins of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Majuro, the Marshall Islands.

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Bioversity Brochure Highlights Contributions to Aichi Targets [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: Bioversity International has released a brochure on its contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The brochure highlights partnerships with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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CBD Technical Report Assesses Achievement of Aichi Targets [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4) Technical Report (CBD Technical Series No. 78), titled ‘Progress toward the Aichi Biodiversity Targets: An assessment of biodiversity trends, policy scenarios and key actions.' This report explains that, while progress has been made towards achieving most of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, significant work remains, and if current trends continue, the Targets are unlikely to be met by the 2020 deadline.

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

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CBD Technical Series Paper Discusses Sector-Related Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released CBD Technical Series No. 79, titled ‘How sectors can contribute to sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity.' This publication illustrates the potential that natural capital, biodiversity-friendly strategies and nature-based solutions offer for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and water management.

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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Event: 7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Ballast Water Management will address the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (2004). The Convention has been ratified by 40 countries and is expected to come into force within the next two years. The Convention aims to decrease the rate of bio-invasions that result from shipping. The conference offers an opportunity for sharing experiences and solutions on the implementation of the Convention. It will also include a field trip to Singapore's Ballast Water Centre Facility and other sites. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are organizing the meeting.  

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Event: Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) [viewed]

The Fifth International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) Global Conference (IPSI-5) will be held from 4-5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference will be held back-to-back with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) as a chance for many IPSI members and non-members alike to discuss ways to collaborate and promote the principles of the Satoyama Initiative and its role in sustainable development and biodiversity. IPSI-5 is co-organized by the Ministry of Environment, the Republic of Korea, and the IPSI Secretariat, hosted by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The Assembly on 5 October is open only to IPSI members. The Public Forum from 9:00 to 13:00 on 4 October is open to the general public, with the theme 'Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development,' and featuring presentations from a number of experts working in capacity building and supporting livelihoods for sustainable development. Please note that attendees must be registered for CBD COP 12 in order to have access to the conference venues.  

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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Event: Global Soil Biodiversity Conference [viewed]

The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference will be organized by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS, from 2-5 December in Dijon, France. Held under the theme 'Assessing Soil Biodiversity and Its Role for Ecosystem Services,' this first GSBI conference will summarize the current state of knowledge and recent achievements in the science of soil biodiversity. The goals of the conference will be to promote scientific research on the role of soil biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services, and integrate such understanding into environmental agendas, sustainable policies and land management decisions globally. Topics to be addressed include: discovery and observation; tracking and monitoring; assessing pressures and threats; strategies for management and conversation; soil ecology education; and global harmonization of methods for structural and functional diversity of soil organisms.  

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