Impact Assessment

Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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New Assessment Calls for Urban Areas to Take Stewardship of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

unhabitat-cbd--src-iclei4 October 2013: An assessment, titled 'Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO),' underscores the need and the opportunity for cities to take ownership of critical ecosystem services to enhance biodiversity conservation and food security, in addition to reducing the overall ecological footprint of urban areas. 

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IFPRI Evaluates Lessons Learned for GMOs in Africa [viewed]

IFPRI LogoSeptember 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a publication, titled 'Genetically modified crops in Africa: Economic and policy lessons from countries south of the Sahara,' which assesses the benefits, costs and risks of using genetically modified (GM) crops to enhance food production and food security in the region.

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IUFRO Reports on the Future of Forests [viewed]

Iufro30 September 2013: The September 2013 edition of the newsletter of the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) highlights risks to forests, including climate change, air pollution and invasive alien species.

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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IAEA's Scientific Forum Considers Climate Change, Ocean Acidification [viewed]

IAEA20 September 2013: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded its 57th annual session of the General Conference, adopting resolutions related to nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation.

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CMS Reports on High Andean Flamingos Action Plan, Reduction of Barriers to Migratory Species [viewed]

CMSAugust 2013: The June-August issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) features a guest article by Rüdiger Strempel, Chair of the Jastarnia Group, on the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee meeting, in addition to articles on the draft Action Plan for the High Andean Flamingos and the International Action Plan adopted to reduce barriers to migratory species in Central Asia.

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Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference Identifies Climate Change Impacts on Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar12 September 2013: The Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference was organized around the theme 'Baltic Wetlands in a time of climate change- mitigation, resilience and adaptation.' The event was held as part of the Greenland Chairmanship (2012-2014) of the NorBalWet, a regional initiative for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) that aims to contribute to more effective conservation and wise use of wetlands and enhanced international wetlands cooperation in the Nordic-Baltic region.

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UN Statistics Division Drafts Ecosystem Accounting Guidelines [viewed]

united-nations-statistics-division11 September 2013: In an effort to better include environmental costs in economic data and policy, the UN Statistics Division has developed draft Experimental Ecosystem Accounting Guidelines, which outline concepts in ecosystem accounting.

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CMS Announces Caribbean Islands CEPF Call for Proposals [viewed]

UNEP CMS21 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the 2013 Call for Small and Large Grant Proposals for the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The deadline for applying is 30 September, 2013.

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