Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: 48th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee [viewed]

The 48th meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee will take place from 26-30 January.  

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FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa [viewed]

FAO13 July 2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the first meeting of the Steering Committee discussed the implementation of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Action Plan for the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

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DIVERSITAS Circulates Project Documents on ABS and Academic Research in LAC [viewed]

diversitas-internationalJuly 2014: DIVERSITAS has circulated the documents produced in the context of a project on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) policies and regulations and its implications for academic research in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including key messages, findings and case studies of national ABS implementation and academic research.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention STRP [viewed]

The 18th meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will take place from 8-10 September 2014.  

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative [viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making. Themes of the summit will include: creating a shared definition of natural capital, applying and demonstrating the concept, ensuring scientific rigor, and communicating recommendations across sectors.  

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Arctic Council's TFOPP Progresses on Oil Pollution Prevention Action Plan [viewed]

Arctic Council10 July 2014: The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) continued developing an ‘Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention' and related cooperative arrangements. The TFOPP, which convened in Ottawa, Canada, on 12-13 June, was co-chaired by the Russian Federation and Norway, and is expected to present the outcomes of its work and any recommendations for further action at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet they receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration [viewed]

FAO17 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report, titled 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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