Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IUCN Announces Call for Tiger Conservation Projects [viewed]

IUCN15 October 2014: The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for field-based projects for tiger conservation.

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WWF Living Planet Report Highlights Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

WWF30 September 2014: According the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over half of the world's wildlife populations have been lost over the past four decades. The organization's ‘Living Planet Report 2014' also finds that humanity's current demand for resources is more than 50% larger than nature's regenerative capacity. Published in partnership with the Global Footprint Network, the Water Footprint Network, and the Zoological Society of London, the report provides a science-based analysis on the impacts of human activities on the health of the planet.

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Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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Future Earth Forum Announces Research Agenda, Programmes [viewed]

futureearth24 September 2014: Future Earth, a global research platform on issues of sustainability, has announced its research agenda and a series of fast-track initiatives. At a gathering of scientists, researchers, and public and private decision-makers known as the 2014 Future Earth Forum, the network announced that the three central themes for its work will be: a dynamic plant; global sustainable development; and transformations towards sustainability.

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UNESCO IOC and GBIF Partner to Improve Marine Biodiversity Data [viewed]

unesco-gbif13 October 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will work jointly to improve the amount and quality of data available on ocean biodiversity. The organizations have signed a letter of agreement recognizing the IOC as a GIBF affiliate.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Illegal Trade Threatening Pig-Nosed Turtle [viewed]

traffic4 October 2014: A TRAFFIC report, titled 'Assessing the Trade in Pig-Nosed Turtles,' indicates that intensive illegal collection of the vulnerable pig-nosed turtle for the pet, food and traditional medicine trades has reached alarming levels. The pig-nosed turtle is protected under national legislation in Indonesia and is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

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CBD COP 12 Adopts IAS Guidance [viewed]

CBD10 October 2014: Delegates at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted international guidance on the introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) as pets, aquarium and terrarium species and as live bait and live food. The guidelines will support the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 9, which aims to identify, control, eradicate and prevent IAS and put in place measures to manage IAS pathways.

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BIP Releases Aichi Targets Passport Smartphone App [viewed]

bip10 October 2014: The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) has announced that the 2014 edition of the Aichi Targets Passport is available as an application (app) for smartphones. The app allows users to navigate quickly through the Passport, which provides an annual update of progress under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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