Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CMS Raptors MoU MoS2 [viewed]

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

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FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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Rio Conventions Explore Common Indicators for Land-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logo11 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, an event hosted by China and attended by ministers from seven countries, discussed how the three Rio Conventions can work in a synergistic way to enhance the resilience of communities affected by desertification and climate change.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

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Initial Outputs of UNEP Project on Synergies among Biodiversity-Related Conventions Available for Review [viewed]

UNEP15 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated, at the request of the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), an invitation to review and comment on one of the initial outputs of a project implemented by UNEP on 'Improving the effectiveness of and cooperation among biodiversity-related conventions and exploring opportunities for further synergies.'

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CGRFA Circulates Study on Higher-Order Composite Indices for Targets on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: In preparation for its fifteenth session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has published a study that proposes higher-order composite indices for the targets on plant genetic resources of the second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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CGRFA Publishes Background Study on Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Keepers [viewed]

CGRFADecember 2014: In preparation for its fifteenth session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has recently published Background Study Paper 66 titled, 'Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Breeds, with Special Consideration to the Contributions of Small-Scale Livestock Keepers and Pastoralists.'

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FAO, RFMOs Launch Website on VMEs in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other partners launched a website on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The website includes a global inventory of fisheries management measures taken by RFMOs to reduce current and potential impacts on VMEs in ABNJ.

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Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation [viewed]

kisr16 December 2014: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) convened a workshop to develop a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles. Participants discussed threats facing turtles and suggested the Indian Ocean South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA Marine Turtle M0U) as a future platform for regional cooperation.

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