Biodiversity for Development

IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopts Jeju Declaration, Elects New President [viewed]

15 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress elected Zhang Xinsheng of China as the new President of IUCN, during the Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Before closing, the 2012 Congress also approved the IUCN Programme for 2013-2016, adopted several other motions, and adopted the Jeju Declaration on "nature-based solutions."

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Event: Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development [viewed]

The Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will take place from 29-30 November 2012, in Beirut, Lebanon. Expected topics of discussion include: ecological deficits in Arab countries; population demands on natural capital; environmental performance of Arab countries; comparison of ecological footprints to gross domestic product (GDP); achieving sustainability during expected population growth; and regional cooperation. AFED will release its 2012 annual report, “Ecological Footprint and Survival Options in Arab Countries,” during this annual conference. This report is the fifth annual report about the Arab environment published by AFED since 2008. The report findings will be presented and debated to facilitate discussion on further policy recommendations and implementation action.  

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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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EAS Congress Discusses Building a Blue Economy, Sea Governance [viewed]

July 2012: The 2012 East Asian Seas Congress took place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, with a focus on building a "blue economy" in the region. It addressed, in particular, progress in the governance of regional/sub-regional seas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The Congress included the Fourth Ministerial Forum, an Exhibition, an East Asian Seas Partnership Council Meeting, and a PEMSEA Network of Local Governments Forum.

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Bled Strategic Forum Provides Platform to Discuss Global Challenges [viewed]

2 September 2012: The Seventh Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), held from 1-3 September 2012, in Bled, Slovenia, addressed issues including the financial crises, the Arab revolutions, China and EU challenges. Speaking during the Forum, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, discussed the challenges that limited resources – water, land, energy, oceans, raw materials, biodiversity and ecosystems – pose to the globe and the EU.

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Second Forum of the Outermost Regions Discusses Sustainable Growth [viewed]

EUJuly 2012: The 2nd Forum of the Outermost Regions: Working Together Towards Europe 2020 addressed partnerships to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, governance for new development strategies, the seas and "blue growth," and agriculture and rural development in overseas regions.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Features COP 11 [viewed]

9 August 2012: The latest edition of the Newsletter of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) focuses on the 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11), which took place from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” 

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