Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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GBIF Announces 2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge [viewed]

GBIfDecember 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The Challenge aims to inspire scientists, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create new applications of open-access biodiversity data, encouraging innovative use of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF's international network.

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Event: Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum [viewed]

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection [viewed]

UNESCO IOC21 November 2014: The Second International Ocean Research Conference has concluded with over 600 scientists from 70 countries calling for improved ocean protection and recommending an inclusive concept of ocean research to address challenges such as over-exploitation of marine resources and biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and harmful algae blooms.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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WWF/TRAFFIC Report Assesses Impacts of International Trade on Walrus Populations [viewed]

haulin-out27 November 2014: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC have released a report, titled 'Hauling Out: International Trade and Management of Walrus,' which concludes that a lack of long-term data and poor information quality on walrus populations makes it difficult to determine the impacts of international trade or climate change on the species.

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CITES Virtual College Accessible in Chinese [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES26 November 2014: The Virtual College of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been translated into Chinese in an effort to reach a wider audience and assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities. Already more than 20,000 users have accessed the College, with 8 out of the top 20 user countries located in regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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