Invasive Alien Species

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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Event: 64th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 64th session in London, UK, from 1-5 October 2012. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: matters relating to the implementation of energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations; the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; market-based measures to address the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs); the availability of fuel oil to meet air pollution requirements; guidelines for the recycling of ships; and sewage treatment plant guidelines.  

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Event: CBD Subregional Capacity-Building Workshop to Address IAS and Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 in the Arab Region [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Western Asia, and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) with financial support from Japan, this workshop will review the existing capacity to address invasive alien species in the region, and consider the need for updating national invasive species strategies and action plans, and national biodiversity strategies and action plans in line with relevant international regulatory frameworks. The workshop has been postponed and the new dates will be announced soon.  

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Event: World Ocean Council “Sustainable Ocean Summit” [viewed]

The World Ocean Council's second Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) will be held in Washington D.C., US, to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges. The SOS brings together the wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources, and will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; cargo issues, port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. The theme for the SOS 2013 is ‘Oceans 2050'.  

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopts Jeju Declaration, Elects New President [viewed]

15 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress elected Zhang Xinsheng of China as the new President of IUCN, during the Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Before closing, the 2012 Congress also approved the IUCN Programme for 2013-2016, adopted several other motions, and adopted the Jeju Declaration on "nature-based solutions."

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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Czech Republic Designates Two Nature Reserves as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

3 September 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 Czech Republic has designated two new wetlands, bringing the total number of Ramsar sites for this country to 14.

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