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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management [viewed]

In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.  

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Event: World Wildlife Day [viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the UN system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. The first celebration of this annual event will be celebrated on 3 March 2014. Twitter: #WorldWildlifeDay  

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World Wildlife Day Website Launched [viewed]

wildlifeday21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced the launch of the website developed for the occasion of World Wildlife Day. 

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EEA, EC Publications Call for Greater Sustainability in Use of Marine Resources [viewed]

EEA20 February 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a publication, titled 'Marine Messages,' which seeks to support the 'Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE)' marine conference to be held on 3-4 March 2014. The publication emphasizes the vulnerability of Europe's marine ecosystems and the need for European countries to understand the limits of their activities.  

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CBD Report on the Detection and Identification of LMOs Released [viewed]

CBD14 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the 'Report of the Workshop of the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs),' which includes recommendations for the compilation of technical tools and guidance to assist parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with the detection and identification of LMOs.

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Event: Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) will host a World Wildlife Day conference at its headquarters in Tokyo. The Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime will include a series of panel discussions on: policy making in wildlife conservation; the role of the UN during environmental crisis (in the context of poaching); and lessons that can be learned from the experience of Japan in combating wildlife crime. On 4 March, there will be working group sessions for invited experts focused on wildlife policy, information systems and satellite remote sensing data. The main objective of the working groups is to develop a plan on how to bring about effective transboundary information sharing on wildlife crime, especially in developing countries. The outcome of the working groups will be the Tokyo Declaration on Transboundary Information Sharing.  

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Event: Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.  

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Event: Restoring Coastal Livelihoods: Increasing the Resilience of Mangrove-Aquaculture Socio-Economic-Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is convening a workshop to discuss the National Mangrove Strategy for Indonesia. The workshop will bring together a broad range of stakeholders to share experiences and lessons learned from coastal conservation and restoration programmes. The workshop will also examine the drivers of mangrove conversion to aquaculture, identify obstacles and opportunities for sustainable mangrove management, and develop participatory models and scenarios. Outputs from the workshop will include concrete recommendations for consideration during the development of the Mangrove Strategy.  

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GRASP Launches Application to Save Great Apes [viewed]

unep-grasp12 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of a mobile phone application called 'apeAPP,' by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). The application allows users to learn about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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SPREP Announces Ecological Assessment Expedition in Tonga [viewed]

SPREP10 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the details of an expedition in the Vava'u archipelago in Tonga. The missions will conduct rapid biodiversity and ecological assessments (BIORAP) of both land and marine sites throughout the archipelago. 

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