Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Initiative in East Africa Launched to Address Illegal Logging and Timber Trade [viewed]

UNEP:Interpol:FAO:UNDP:UNODC26 June 2014: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced, at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), an initiative to address the illegal timber trade originating from East Africa, recognizing also that illegal logging must be mitigated, and forests managed sustainably, in order to reduce emissions from forest loss.

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GRASP Releases State of the Apes [viewed]

GRASP25 June 2014: In concert with the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA),the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) launched a report titled 'State of the Apes: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation,' which is the first in a series of policy publications focused on apes. The report emphasizes that global systems of production, consumption, and demography are inter-connected, and that rapid globalization will exert intense pressure on natural resources and ape habitats.

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IPBES Offers Draft Guidance on Regional and Sub-Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbes19 June 2014: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the first draft of a guidance document addressing the scoping of IPBES deliverable 2b, on regional and sub-regional assessments. The draft guidance is being circulated to member States and observers for comments to assist the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau with its finalization.

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UNEP, INTERPOL Report on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol-unep24 June 2014: On the occasion of the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), INTERPOL and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report highlighting how environmental crime is used to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and how it threatens human security and sustainable development.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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COFO 22 Opens, FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2014 [viewed]

FAO23 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2014 edition of its landmark publication on 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO). The publication highlights the important role of forests and forest products in supporting livelihoods, noting that forests remain undervalued in decision-making.

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Major Groups and Stakeholders Forward Input to First UNEA Meeting [viewed]

unea23 June 2014: Ahead of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) met to facilitate the preparations of Major Groups and Stakeholders towards the first UNEA, allowing them to discuss the main UNEA themes and to prepare their input to UNEA. UNEA will hold its first session on 23-27 June to discuss ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, including sustainable consumption and production (SCP).' The session will also address illegal trade in wildlife and related environmental crime.

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Arctic Council to Produce Harmonized Map Covering Region [viewed]

CAFF18 June: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide national mapping organizations in the Arctic in producing a harmonized map covering the entire Arctic region, with data on, inter alia, climate and biodiversity. The aim of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI) is to help harmonize, combine and integrate diverse data sets.

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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Event: SCBD Dialogue Forum on Integrating the Perspectives of ILCs in Applying Scientific Criteria for EBSAs [viewed]

The Secretariat of the CBD (SCBD) is holding a Dialogue Forum on Integrating the perspectives of Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs) in the application of the scientific criteria for ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs).

This event will review the EBSA process and scientific criteria in the context of the needs, interests and perspectives of ILCs, with the aim of enhancing the use of traditional knowledge in applying EBSA criteria. The event will: seek input from ILCs on the preparation of training materials and modules focused on integrating traditional knowledge in the use of the EBSA criteria; and identify partnership opportunities for future training material application. The event will consist of presentations, roundtable discussions and a summary by the co-chairs. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), which is taking place from 23-28 June 2014.  

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