Conservation

FAO Workshop Discusses Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the Report of the FAO Workshop for the Development of a Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs). The workshop aimed to: determine the type of data and information needed to facilitate decision making for RFMO/As, States and industry in relation to the management of impacts on VMEs; and determine options and a strategy for developing the FAO VME database based on stakeholder input.

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FAO Releases Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN), which reviews participants' focus on regional fishery body (RFB) financial structures, climate change, recreational fisheries, decision-making procedures within each RFB, the establishment of vulnerable marine ecosystems and child labour and other human rights issues in fisheries.

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First IPBES Plenary Meeting Elects Chair, Addresses Organizational Issues [viewed]

29 January 2013: Held from 21-26 January 2013, in Bonn, Germany, the first session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) addressed a series of organizational, procedural and budgetary issues, including the election of its Chair, Bureau and Muldisciplinary Expert Panel.

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Loss of Species Threatens Human Survival, Reports EU News Update [viewed]

23 January 2013: The new "Science for Environment Policy-Thematic Issue on Biodiversity, Agriculture and Health," published by the European Commission, features two alerts highlighting how species extinction threatens human well-being.

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FAO Reviews Fisheries and Aquaculture in Azerbaijan [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a circular titled "Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Republic of Azerbaijan: A Review," which contains an overview of the history and a review of the status of fisheries and aquaculture in Azerbaijan. 

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FAO Report Assesses Proposals to Amend CITES Appendices on Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the report of the fourth FAO Expert Advisory Panel for the Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Concerning Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species.

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Event: 14th Session of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 14) [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) is to carry out an in-depth review of the oceans-related outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and how those outcomes would impact and benefit international coordination and cooperation. The consideration of issues relating to sea-level rises and their impact on security and survival, particularly on low-lying coastal areas and island nations, against the background of sustainable development was also suggested by many delegations at ICP 13. They also proposed another theme for consideration, on aspects of marine scientific research related to sustainable development.  

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Tunisia Designates Lake as Ramsar Site [viewed]

Ramsar24 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia has designated a new Wetland of International Importance, the Complexe Lac de Tunis.

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CIFOR Reports on Role of Forest Concessions in Orangutan Conservation [viewed]

15 January 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a report on logging concession areas in Indonesia and their impact on orangutan conservation. The study, titled "Understanding the Impacts of Land-Use Policies on a Threatened Species: Is There a Future for the Bornean Orang-utan?" reveals that 29 percent of the orangutans remaining in the wild inhabit forest concessions where selective harvesting is permitted. An additional 25 percent of the population can be found in undeveloped oil palm and tree plantation concessions.

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Event: 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 [viewed]

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 (Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity) will meet in August 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. It will be preceded by two intersessional workshops that will be convened in New York from 2-3 May and 6-7 May 2013.  

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