Conservation

APEC Economic Leaders Agree on Trade in Environmental Goods [viewed]

9 September 2012: Through the adoption of the 2012 Leaders' Declaration, also known as the Vladivostok Declaration, member countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have agreed to significantly reduce tariffs and duties on green technologies. The Declaration, titled “Integrate to grow, innovate to prosper,” was adopted at the completion of the 20th APEC Economic Leaders' meeting, held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 8-9 September 2012.

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Five Countries' Ocean and Coastal Policies Shortlisted for Future Policy Award [viewed]

World Future Council28 August 2012: Six policies from five countries are shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, which celebrates effective and exemplary policies. The award is given by the World Future Council, in partnership for this year with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation. The 2012 award focuses on the protection of oceans and coasts.

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Event: IPBES-1 [viewed]

The first meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) will be hosted by the Government of Germany. The meeting will aim to agree on the remaining rules of procedures for the meetings of the platform, consider other rules of procedure for the platform, elect Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel members, and agree on the next steps by which the IPBES work programme can become operational as soon as possible. IPBES-1 will be a meeting of Members of the Platform's plenary, with observers. Regional and stakeholder consultations will take place one day prior to the meeting, on 20 January 2013.  

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UNEP-WCMC/IUCN Report Highlights Growth in Protected Areas [viewed]

7 September 2012: A new report finds that protected areas are growing in number and coverage of the earth's surface. The First Edition of the Protected Planet Report was compiled through a collaborative effort between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and released during the fifth World Conservation Congress, on 7 September 2012.

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Report Highlights Declining Health of Caribbean Corals [viewed]

7 September 2012: A new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report highlights that average live coral cover on Caribbean reefs has declined to just 8% of the reef today, compared with more than 50% in the 1970s.

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes Opening of WCC 5 [viewed]

6 September 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of the fifth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). Speaking by video, Ban said the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) had reinforced that well-being depends on taking nature into account in all decision-making, and in order to turn the commitments from Rio+20 into a lasting legacy, a combination of science and passion is needed.

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Czech Republic Designates Two Nature Reserves as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

3 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Czech Republic has designated two new wetlands, bringing the total number of Ramsar sites for this country to 14.

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"Species" Features IUCN SSC and Specialist Groups' Reports [viewed]

September 2012: The special Quadrennium 2008-2012 issue of Species, a magazine of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), features the SSC Quadrennium report, along with Specialist Group and other groups and task forces reports.

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World Bank Publishes Educational Infographic on Biodiversity Challenges [viewed]

31 August 2012: The World Bank has published an educational graphic explaining the main challenges faced by biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as the value of biodiversity for humankind.

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade Appointed First Ocean Commissioner [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced the appointment of Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), as the inaugural Ocean Commissioner. Slade's appointment seeks to provide the Pacific community with a high-level spokesperson to spearhead the Pacific Oceanscape initiative.

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