Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Bioversity International Explores Dry Forest Restoration in Colombia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International released a poster report on best practices and protocols for ecosystem restoration in tropical dry forests in Colombia, where only 8% of original extent remains. The report notes the importance of selecting species and designing restoration interventions based on genetic considerations, species functional traits and the projected impacts of climate change. 

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FAO Survey Reports on Incidents of Low-level GMO Presence in International Trade [viewed]

FAO13 March 2014: A survey released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows an increase in the number of incidents of detection of low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in international shipments of food and feed.

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Project Discusses Neglected and Underutilized Species Conservation in Bolivia and Peru [viewed]

nuscommunityMarch 2014: A synthesis article on the approach and results of an International Fund for Agricultural Development-Neglected and Underutilized Species (IFAD-NUS) project in Bolivia and Peru has been published. 

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Event: FAO Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade [viewed]

This consultation will facilitate international dialogue among Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on low levels of genetically modified (GM) crops in international food and feed trade. It aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of the issue and its causes, as well as potential impacts on international trade and food security. Participants will consider several technical studies and surveys prepared by FAO and a series of presentations by technical experts and practitioners.  

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International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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EEA Report Shows Green Infrastructure Covering a Quarter of Europe [viewed]

EEA6 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a report, titled 'Spatial Analysis of Green Infrastructure in Europe,' which shows a way of mapping networks of natural and semi-natural spaces and other environmental features that deliver ecosystem services in the region. Such services include air filtration, erosion protection, water flow regulation, coastal protection, pollination and carbon storage.

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South Sudan Becomes 194th Party to CBD [viewed]

CBD7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 17 February 2014. South Sudan is now the 194th party to the CBD. The CBD will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. 

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CMS Releases Second Draft of Strategic Plan 2015-2023 [viewed]

CMSMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released the second draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023. Prepared by the CMS Parties' Inter-sessional Strategic Plan Working Group, it has now been released for comments, which are due by 30 June 2014. 

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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SPREP Announces Discovery of New Species in Tonga [viewed]

SPREP6 March 2014: A two-week Rapid Biodiversity Survey (BIORAP) of Vava'u in Tonga has led to the confirmation of the existence of rare species, among other discoveries. An Ecosystem Service Valuation (ESV) will follow the BIORAP.  

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