Freshwater

Pan-American Regional Meeting on Ramsar Prepares for COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar17 November 2014: The 6th Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provided input to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.

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IUCN Report Assesses Benefits of Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN18 November 2014: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage sites provide climate stability and support economic and human well-being, according to the first-ever assessment of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by these sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the report at its World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report [viewed]

TII Interim ReportNovember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making.

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UNCCD, Ramsar Commit to Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

UNDCC - Ramsar Convention14 November 2014: During the "Planet Plenary" at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place in Sydney, Australia, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, announced a public commitment "to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children by stopping and reversing land degradation." Also during the plenary, Briggs indicated that Ramsar would launch a global partnership for wetlands restoration with the UNCCD in 2015.

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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UNEP, League of Arab States Cooperating on Environment [viewed]

unep-las10 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). The MoU provides the basis for enhanced cooperation and coordination on a range of programmes and activities related to biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and water resources.

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UNWTO, UNEP Launch International Partnership on Sustainable Tourism [viewed]

unep-wto5 November 2014: A new international programme to catalyze sustainable tourism over the next decade was launched at the World Travel Market (WTM 2014). The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) will be led by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Governments of France, the Republic of Korea and Morocco, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which hosts the 10YFP Secretariat.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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GLISPA Highlights SIDS Conference Commitments [viewed]

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

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