Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Mountain Partnership Meeting Addresses Sustainable Development in Argentine Andes [viewed]

15 March 2012: Argentina held a national committee meeting and workshop in the context of the Mountain Partnership's "Strengthening participatory governance for sustainable development of the Andes" project. Participants examined a national mountain assessment report, and outlined an action plan and set of goals for strengthening participatory management in the Argentine Andes over the next 18 months.

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CBD Report Explores the Potential of Satoumi for Biological and Cultural Diversity Conservation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report titled "Biological and Cultural Diversity in Coastal Communities: Exploring the Potential of Satoumi for Implementing the Ecosystem Approach in the Japanese Archipelago," authored by the UN University (UNU) Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa and circulated as CBD Technical Series No. 61.

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Event: 23rd Meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)'s Committee on Agriculture (COAG) will consider technical work relating to: options for stakeholder dialogue in support of sustainable livestock developments; sustainable crop production intensification; perspectives of land and water resources in a changing climate; and improving statistics for food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development.  

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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GEF STAP Hosts Panel on Outcomes of 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

29 March 2012: The biannual meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a high-level panel on how to leverage the outcomes of the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference to inform the GEF process.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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CITES Scientific Committees Meet in Tandem [viewed]

CITES30 March 2012: For the first time in several years, the scientific committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in tandem.

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IUCN Reports on Black Rhino Conservation Efforts in Namibia [viewed]

27 March 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports on a recent foot patrol to track rhinos and deter poaching in Namibia's Kunene region, where a sub-species of the critically endangered black rhino lives on land lacking any formal conservation status.

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ITTO Supports Tropical Wood Testing Lab Upgrade in Mexico [viewed]

28 March 2012: An International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) project has upgraded and strengthened a testing laboratory for tropical woods in Mexico.

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UNECE, UNEP Assess Environmental Health of Dniester River [viewed]

27 March 2012: Two reports on fish and water quality in the Dniester River basin, jointly funded by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), underscore the “alarming” fish population declines and water quality problems in the lower course of the river.

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