Conservation

Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

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CGRFA Circulates Study on Higher-Order Composite Indices for Targets on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: In preparation for its fifteenth session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has published a study that proposes higher-order composite indices for the targets on plant genetic resources of the second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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CGRFA Publishes Background Study on Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Keepers [viewed]

CGRFADecember 2014: In preparation for its fifteenth session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has recently published Background Study Paper 66 titled, 'Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Breeds, with Special Consideration to the Contributions of Small-Scale Livestock Keepers and Pastoralists.'

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FAO, RFMOs Launch Website on VMEs in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other partners launched a website on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The website includes a global inventory of fisheries management measures taken by RFMOs to reduce current and potential impacts on VMEs in ABNJ.

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Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation [viewed]

kisr16 December 2014: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) convened a workshop to develop a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles. Participants discussed threats facing turtles and suggested the Indian Ocean South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA Marine Turtle M0U) as a future platform for regional cooperation.

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SAMBAH Project Reveals New Data on Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise [viewed]

sambah-216 December 2014: The data collected through the EU Life+-funded Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise (SAMBAH) project shows for the first time a clear distinction between the population of porpoises inhabiting the Baltic Proper and the population in the Western Baltic, Belt Seas and Kattegat area during the months important for reproduction.

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CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan [viewed]

CITES4 December 2014: More than 20 Thai Government agencies with a role in implementing the country's revised national ivory action plan (NIAP) came together to discuss and brief John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), on progress on the NIAP.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 2014: Representatives at the Tenth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-10) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) endorsed the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Working Group's Regional and National Roadmaps for 2014-2015, agreed on cooperation agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and agreed on organizational matters.

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Gangwon Declaration Presented to UN Secretary-General for Transmittal to UNGA [viewed]

CBD11 December 2014: The Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea has presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the three major outcomes of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development, for transmittal to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress [viewed]

waves10 December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries.

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