Islands

Event: Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Outreach Session [viewed]

This session will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn and engage in opportunities for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods with regard to the International Day of Island Biodiversity (22 May 2014), International Year of Small Island Developing States (2014), 3rd International Conference for Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS 2014), and the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CBD COP 12). RSVP is necessary for entry.  

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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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Event: Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The second and final preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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Indonesia to Host Coral Triangle Initiative Permanent Secretariat in 2014 [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeNovember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has decided to install an Executive Director and launch its Permanent Secretariat in Indonesia in mid-2014. The Initiative is also anticipating implementation of its Monitoring and Evaluation System, and has released a set of guidebooks for designing local marine protected areas.

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Event: CBD Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pacific on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the aim of this workshop on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets is to assist Parties in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and their mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels.  

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity: Island Biodiversity [viewed]

To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'. A Special Event to celebrate the Day will be hosted by the Permanent Missions of Grenada, Samoa, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Mauritius, as well as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), at UN Headquarters (contact krishna1@un.org). Worldwide, more than 44 countries have registered events and activities in support of the Day.  

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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