Conservation

BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument [viewed]

BBNJ23 January 2015: Delegates at the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) reached consensus on the legally binding nature of a future agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Tonga Joins ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR21 January 2015: Tonga deposited the instrument of accession to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on 16 December 2014, and will become a Party on 16 March 2015, bringing the number of ITPGR Parties to 134.

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Guest Article #31: Empowering Inspired Young Conservation Leaders; Answering a Call [viewed]

“It is well known that, among those who are preoccupied with the future of protected areas, there are a great many grey heads and far too few youthful ones. I am told that under-representation of the youth is a widespread phenomenon in many fields associated with protected area management. This is of course a matter for concern, because without the involvement of the youth, the future cannot be secured.” - Nelson Mandela, World Parks Congress 2003, Durban, South Africa.

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Interest in Turtle Conservation on the Rise in South-East Asia [viewed]

IOSEA19 January 2015: The Indian Ocean-South–East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Secretariat published a compilation of marine turtle-related news of the past 12 months, from around the Indian Ocean–South-East Asia region. The review includes news headlines, message board items, feature articles and longer monthly profiles published on the IOSEA website in 2014.

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COMIFAC Council of Ministers Welcomes Regional Successes [viewed]

COMIFAC16 January 2014: The eighth meeting of the Council of Ministers to the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) met to provide advice and guidance to members and partners as well as the Executive Secretariat, approve the COMIFAC budget, and consider strategic directions.

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Guest Article #30: Focus on the Ocean at IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress: Report from Sydney, Australia [viewed]

The 2014 World Parks Congress (WPC), an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) global forum on protected areas that is convened only once every ten years, was held in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. It was a landmark event attended by over 6000 of the world's most prominent players in protected area management from 170 countries. They gathered to exchange ideas and best practices, and to set a global agenda for the next decade. While past WPC events focused mainly on the management, protection and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, 2014 WPC had a unique focus on marine conservation, putting forth a vibrant and comprehensive agenda boasting some 250 ocean-related sessions that embraced protection of the 70% of Earth that is ocean.

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Policy Update #6: Do We Need a New Treaty to Protect Biodiversity in the Deep Seas? [viewed]

For ten years negotiators in New York have been debating, under the aegis of the UN General Assembly, the need for a new international agreement to protect biodiversity in the deep seas. A final decision is expected by the end of 2015, following key negotiations on 20-23 January 2015 on the feasibility, scope and parameters of a new treaty.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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FAO Stresses Genetic Diversity in Coping with Climate Change [viewed]

copingclimatechange19 January 2015: Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world, especially as climate change advances, according to a book titled 'Coping with Climate Change: The Roles of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.' The book was released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), led by its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA).

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UN General Assembly Resolution Links Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Development [viewed]

UNWTO14 January 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/RES/69/233) recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity. The resolution, titled 'Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection,' calls on the UN to promote sustainable tourism as a tool for achieving global development goals.

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