Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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CBD Publishes Quick Start Package for Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report, titled ‘Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package,' as No. 77 of its Technical Series. The paper serves as a manual for integrating the value of biodiversity into national accounting systems to support the implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 2.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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Event: XXVI International Primatological Society Congress [viewed]

The International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress is held every two years and draws many of the leading figures in primate research, conservation and education.  

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