Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region [viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.  

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction [viewed]

IUCN17 November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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Bioversity International Releases Toolkit for Practical Use of Biodiversity Indicators [viewed]

Biodiversity International17 November 2014: Bioversity International, in collaboration with partners, has released the 'Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS),' which provides guidance for the organization of workshops on the practical use of such indicators in the field.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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INTERPOL General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Environmental Security [viewed]

interpol14 November 2014: The 83rd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly has adopted resolution AG-2014-RES-03, titled 'INTERPOL response to emerging threats in Environmental Security,' which urges member countries of INTERPOL to raise awareness of environmental crimes and violations, their causes and their impact among law enforcement authorities.

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European Countries Discuss Next CITES Plants and Standing Committees [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES14 November 2014: Some 45 experts from 18 European countries met from 11-14 November, in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss plant-related issues and make recommendations for the next meetings of the Plants and Standing Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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ICCWC Guidelines on Ivory Released [viewed]

iccwc13 November 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the 'Guidelines on Methods and Procedures for Ivory Sampling and Laboratory Analysis' in support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) took the lead in developing the Guidelines with expert support.

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TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report [viewed]

TII Interim ReportNovember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making.

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