Impact Assessment

SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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UNEP Releases Report on Thawing Permafrost, Warns of Increased GHG Emissions and Threats to Ecosystems [viewed]

UNEP27 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost,” which aims to highlight the potential hazards of carbon dioxide and methane emissions from warming permafrost. The report also underscores the impacts of decreasing permafrost to ecosystems, and recommends an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment on permafrost.

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IPBES and Intersessional Process Provides Updates on Preparations for First Session [viewed]

21 November 2012: The Interim Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat has announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended until 30 November 2012.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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Caspian Ecological Forum Addresses Wise Use of Caspian Sea [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Caspian Ecological Forum, which provided a platform for dialogue and cooperation for the wise use of the resource-rich Caspian Sea. 

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NBI Launches State of the Nile Report [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) published the “State of the Nile River Basin Report 2012,” which highlights the fragile aquatic ecosystems of the Basin. The report notes the importance of the Nile for migratory birds and describes issues related to agricultural water use, power generation, navigation and climate change impacts on the basin.

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

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