Capacity Building & Education

World Day to Combat Desertification 2014 Focuses on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2014-world-day-to-combat-desertification17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated annually on 17 June, UN leaders highlighted the importance of the Day's theme, ecosystem-based adaptation, and its slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It.'

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Event: Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) [viewed]

The Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will bring together the global scientific community to plan for the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology. IORC will also focus on improving ocean governance. The event includes 16 thematic sessions that will focus on: building scientific knowledge; applying knowledge for societal benefit: achieving ecosystem management and sustainability; and improving governance and building capacity. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization\'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (UNESCO-IOC) and The Oceanographic Society are organizing the conference.  

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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MEA Knowledge Management Initiative Discusses Information Portal on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA9 June 2014: Four UN entities, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other key partners met for the fifth annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM). The initiative, a knowledge management project within the UN system, seeks to develop harmonized information systems to facilitate the successful implementation of 18 MEAs.

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EU Launches Large Carnivore Coexistence Initiative [viewed]

European Union 10 June 2014: The European Commission has launched the 'EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores,' an initiative meant to bring together farmers, conservationists, hunters, landowners and scientists to exchange best practices and to promote dialogue on coexisting with Europe's five species of large carnivores.

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CBD Releases Guidance on Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Standards [viewed]

unep-wcmc-cbdJune 2014: The latest edition of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Technical Series provides guidance to standard setting bodies for strengthening biodiversity safeguards in voluntary standard and certification schemes.

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Event: First Session of the CGRFA Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-1) [viewed]

The Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) is expected to participate in designated portions of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group meetings dedicated to addressing ABS issues, to help inform and shape discussions and outputs.  

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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Snow Leopard Range States Identify Conservation Landscapes and Discuss Next Steps [viewed]

global-snow-leopard10 June 2014: The National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop concluded with agreement on the next steps to address the implementation of priority snow leopard conservation activities, including funding. 

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