Ecosystem Approach

IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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Costa Rica Joins ITTA, 2006 [viewed]

ITTO FAO6 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced the accession of the sixty-seventh Party, Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006).

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day 2014 [viewed]

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.  

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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Event: Panel Discussion in Advance of the Second Plenary Session of the IPBES [viewed]

Sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this event will seek to increase awareness about the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and to bring participants up-to-date on the issues that will be addressed in the Second IPBES Plenary. Presentations will include an overview of the intersessional activities that have taken place in 2013, and some of the key issues that will be addressed in the Second Plenary, including the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and some of the thematic and methodological assessments that have been proposed as priorities for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018.  

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Event: IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Asia-Pacific consultation meeting is organized by the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Meeting objectives are to provide an opportunity to discuss and consider regional perspectives for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 as well as other issues of the IPBES-2 agenda, including procedures and approaches for working with different knowledge systems and the IPBES conceptual framework.  

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International Congress on Marine Protected Areas Calls for Law of Sea Negotiations on Conservation [viewed]

impac27 October 2013: Participants at the Third International Congress on Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC3) discussed strategies to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Target 11 under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which calls for at least 10 per cent of all coastal and marine areas to be managed as conservation or protected areas by the year 2020.

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UNEP, UNU Launch Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems Project [viewed]

unep-unu10 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP), have launched the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) project.

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UNEP, SANDEE and ESCAP Convene Environmental Accounting Workshop [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and others, convened the 'Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia Region' workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from 8-10 October. The conference included technical discussions on green accounting systems and valuing natural capital.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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