Ecosystem Approach

Event: ASCOBANS 21st Advisory Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 21st meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) will be held in Sweden.  

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Guest Article #22: The Promises of Benefit-sharing [viewed]

It is no secret that benefit-sharing has been significantly developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a legal tool to operationalize equity among and within States. What has largely passed under the radar, however, is that the idea of benefit-sharing is increasingly being taken up in a number of other international legal developments related to natural resources, human rights and corporate accountability.

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CITES Scientific Committees Discuss Sustainability of Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES9 May 2014: At their annual meetings, the Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met back to back to discuss the conservation and sustainable use of a number of species, including sharks, rays, pythons, rare plants and tropical timber species. The Committees drew attention to the impacts of illegal trade on cheetahs, making recommendations for further consideration of this case, as well as a number of other legally traded species, at subsequent CITES meetings.

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WMBD Marks the Launch of Project Destination Flyways [viewed]

world-migratory-day11 May 2014: On this year's World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), 10-11 May 2014, the UN highlighted the role of sustainable tourism in conserving migratory birds along their flyways. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed support for raising awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. 

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IPBES Interim MEP Report Calls for Improved Member Selection [viewed]

ipbes9 May 2014: The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), through Decision IPBES-2/2 (para 3), requested that the interim Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) prepare a report by June 2014, reflecting on “the lessons learned with regards to its functioning and how to improve it.” The report, now published, highlights nine lessons learned.

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Event: Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES) [viewed]

Convened by FOREST EUROPE and hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the workshop will consider how to progress the Programme of Work on the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES). The workshop will allow for the exchange of experiences on VFES and identify priorities to strengthen the consideration of VFES in national policies and market-based mechanisms.  

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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CTI-CFF Agrees on Seascape Approach, Reviews MPA Nominations [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative28 April 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has reported on progress with regard to regional cooperation on ecosystem-based management and the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout April. CTI-CFF activities have included a regional workshop on seascapes and a review of MPAs nominated for admission to the Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS), which aims to promote connected, resilient and sustainably financed MPAs that conserve biodiversity and generate food and income for coastal communities.

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee [viewed]

The 43rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will meet at the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by  

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Event: 42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee [viewed]

The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.  

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