Ecosystem Approach

International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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EEA Report Shows Green Infrastructure Covering a Quarter of Europe [viewed]

EEA6 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a report, titled 'Spatial Analysis of Green Infrastructure in Europe,' which shows a way of mapping networks of natural and semi-natural spaces and other environmental features that deliver ecosystem services in the region. Such services include air filtration, erosion protection, water flow regulation, coastal protection, pollination and carbon storage.

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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SPREP Announces Discovery of New Species in Tonga [viewed]

SPREP6 March 2014: A two-week Rapid Biodiversity Survey (BIORAP) of Vava'u in Tonga has led to the confirmation of the existence of rare species, among other discoveries. An Ecosystem Service Valuation (ESV) will follow the BIORAP.  

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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Event: Second Symposium on Fishery Dependent Information and iMarine Workshop [viewed]

This symposium is an international conference for resource managers, scientists and the fishing sector on the collection and interpretation of information in the context of the ecosystem approach. The conference, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will explore the role of fishers in collecting data, the use of fisher-collected data and knowledge in science, management and policy-making and the broader role of stakeholders in this process. It will be immediately followed by the 'iMarine data platform for collaborations' workshop on 7 March 2014. iMarine is the data initiative for fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources. The workshop will showcase how its data infrastructure is capable of addressing the challenges of the ecosystem approach.  

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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Event: Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin [viewed]

The Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin is expected to contribute to further integration of water policy, as well as dialogue with key stakeholders, both of which have been identified as key objectives in river basin management. The workshop aims to provide inputs to the Sava nexus assessment, as well as opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to developing the assessment's approach and scope, and influence the materials to be used. Sectoral authorities, the private sector and civil society will have the opportunity to discuss: needs and policy challenges related to intersectoral coordination and cooperation; and how the assessment could link to and provide information for decision making at various levels. The Sava River Basin was selected as one of the transboundary basins where the nexus assessment will be conducted, based on interest expressed by the International Sava River Basin Commission's (ISRBC) member countries. Participation in the assessment will benefit participating countries and actors through: increased resource-use efficiency and policy coherence; identification of opportunities for improving inter-sectoral coordination and transboundary cooperation; and increased capacity to address intersectoral impacts. The workshop is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the ISRBC, while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Environment and Security Initiative are funding the nexus assessment.  

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UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 February 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a case study on using spatial analysis to support REDD+ safeguard and multiple benefit decision making in Tanzania.

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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