Invasive Alien Species

GLISPA Spotlight Features "Island Bright Spots" and "Island Life" Events [viewed]

GLIPSA10 December 2012: The latest issue of the Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) "Event Spotlight" features two events that took place on 16 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The events are: “Island Bright Spots: Exchanging Innovations and Successes;” and "Island Life: Celebrating Leadership and Commitment to Action."

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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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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IUCN SSC Guidelines for Reintroductions Now Available [viewed]

26 November 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group has published its revised Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations.

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UNEP Publishes Book on Water and Land Management in the Tana Basin [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a book, titled “Securing Water and Land in the Tana Basin: A Resource Book for Water Managers and Practitioners” providing an overview of the Tana Basin in Kenya and discussing practical solutions to improve land and water security.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Congo Designates Three Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Site Ramsar Ntokou-Pikounda (photo courtesy of the Ramsar Secretariat)9 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Republic of Congo has designated three new Ramsar sites, bringing to 10 its total number of sites.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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