Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms [viewed]

UNESCO IOC9 April 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO.

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CITES and Madagascar Call for Support to Stop Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

CITES4 April 2014: Following a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Madagascar are calling for the halt of  illegal trade in timber from Madagascar, namely rosewood, palisander and ebony. 

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Event: CBD High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources and Latin America Workshop on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the third meeting of the second phase of the High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be held from 14-15 April 2014. This High-level Panel was constituted in 2013, with 15 expert members from all regions, with a mandate to assess the benefits of meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by examining both the positive impacts on biodiversity directly and the wider benefits to society that result from the investments and policy developments required. The meeting will be followed by the regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on resource mobilization, to be held from 15-17 April. The workshop is organized by the CBD Secretariat in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its immediate objective and output is to support the development, in accordance with national circumstances, of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Earth Observation for Biodiversity Monitoring [viewed]

cbd-technical-studyApril 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a technical study that shows how Earth observation technologies can and should fit into systems for biodiversity monitoring. The report is intended as a resource for Earth observation specialists, biodiversity scientists and policy makers, and aims at creating common ground and initiating further dialogue.

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Input on Sustainable Use, Global Information System [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has invited parties to submit information on the sustainable use of, and the Global Information System on, plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

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New Species Listed under CITES Appendix III [viewed]

CITES2 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Nicaragua, Pakistan and the Russian Federation have requested the Secretariat to list sixteen new species in CITES Appendix III. The new listings will enter into force on 24 June 2014. 

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Summary on Ecosystems with High-carbon Reservoirs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, held on 24–25 October 2013, in Bonn, Germany.

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