Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CAFF's ABA Illustrates Change in the Arctic [viewed]

CAFF25 September 2014: The Arctic Council has published an article graphically illustrating changes occurring in Arctic sea ice, temperatures and plant density over a period of 30 years, from 1982-2011. The publication, titled 'Sea ice and vegetation trends in the Arctic,' is part of a series highlighting issues identified by the publication of the Council's biodiversity working group, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's (CAFF), titled 'Arctic Biodiversity Assessment' (ABA).

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Rio Markers in ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) and Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) held a joint expert meeting to review progress and improvements in members' reporting to the DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Flows (OOF), including the use of the Rio Markers.

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FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators [viewed]

Forest Europe FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators.

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Countries Adopt Declaration on Conservation of Large Migratory Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

CMS25 September 2014: Kyrgyzstan and the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) hosted a stakeholder meeting on the conservation of large mammals in Central Asia. A declaration was adopted wherein Parties agreed on the development of a Programme of Work for the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) 2014-2020.

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International Workshop Declares Importance of Yellow Sea to Migratory Birds [viewed]

CMS23 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) attended a conference in China to discuss key conservation sites for migratory birds in the Yellow Sea. The workshop agreed on a declaration requesting stronger recognition of the important ecosystem services provided by the intertidal zone of the Yellow Sea. This includes biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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FAO Bulletin Highlights ABNJ Deep-Seas Project [viewed]

FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released its Summer 2014 ‘Deep-Sea High Seas News' bulletin. It features the approval of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Deep Seas Project, including FAO collaboration with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) on the project.

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CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014' [viewed]

State of the RainforestSeptember 2014: GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014.' The report is based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

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FAO Circulates Reports of ITWGs on Plant and Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated the reports of the third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Forest Genetic Resources, held from 7-9 July 2014, in Rome, Italy, and of the seventh session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held from 9-11 July 2014 also in Rome.

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