Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CAFF to Cooperate With AEWA, Ramsar on Arctic Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

16 July 2012: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group signed two Resolutions of Cooperation (ROCs) - with the Secretariat of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) - to create awareness and enhance capacity for understanding change in Arctic biodiversity.

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UNEP Delivers Recommendations for Environmental Legacy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games [viewed]

12 July 2012: To guide the Government of the Russian Federation and the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in taking environmental considerations into their preparations and staging, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) delivered recommendations to Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy, including on restoring fisheries in the Mzymta River, extending national park protection, and developing an information and monitoring system for the environment.

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Event: 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.  

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31) [viewed]

This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.  

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COFI 30 Builds on Rio+20 Momentum [viewed]

13 July 2012: Participants at the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI 30) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place one month after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noted that Rio+20's momentum could be used to address pressing concerns, such as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, the management of shark fisheries and shark by-catch, the impacts of proliferating ecolabels, and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.

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IPBES Announces Timeline for Intersessional Process [viewed]

June 2012: Following the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), participants agreed to an intersessional process to support both preparation for the first plenary meeting of the Platform, planned for early 2013, and development of the first IPBES work programme. The agreement came after the second session of the plenary meeting on an IPBES, held in Panama City, Panama, in April 2012.

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CRFM Scientific Meeting Assesses State of Caribbean Fisheries [viewed]

30 June 2012: The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism's (CRFM) scientific body evaluated major fisheries in the region to determine whether natural fish populations remain healthy and where fisheries management controls are necessary.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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FAO's World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Calls for Adopting Ecosystem Approach [viewed]

FAO9 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 edition of its flagship publication, "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture." The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

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