Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPBES-1 Provisional Agenda Announced [viewed]

13 September 2012: The provisional agenda has been circulated for the first plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1). IPBES-1 will be hosted by the Government of Germany, and take place in Bonn, Germany, from 21-26 January 2013. Regional and stakeholder consultations will take place on 20 January 2013. 

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Cetacean MOU Signatories Meet to Address Threats to Dolphins and Whales [viewed]

8 September 2012: Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (Pacific Cetaceans MOU) held their third meeting on 8 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia, addressing the threats facing whales and dolphins in the Pacific Islands Region.

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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IUCN Announces Partnership with Microsoft to Enhance Red List [viewed]

11 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, in which software developed by Microsoft will enable IUCN to begin to capture spatial information on species-specific threats.

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IUCN Releases List of 100 Most Threatened Species [viewed]

Priceless or Worthless?11 September 2012: More than 8,000 scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) have compiled a list of the 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi on the planet. Their report, titled "Priceless or Worthless?" was released with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) during the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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Event: Land Day 6 [viewed]

Land Day 6 will consider the theme “Land Degradation Neutrality - A Response to the 2020 Aichi Targets”. It will take place on 15 October 2012, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, which is being orgainzed in parallel to the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The speakers at Land Day 6 will showcase the benefits of synergetic implementation of the Rio Conventions using successful initiatives that simultaneously conserve biodiversity and restore degraded land. Land Day 6 will, in particular, offer an opportunity to consider the relationship between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of the UNCCD's 10-Year Strategic Plan and Framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018).  

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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Five Countries' Ocean and Coastal Policies Shortlisted for Future Policy Award [viewed]

World Future Council28 August 2012: Six policies from five countries are shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, which celebrates effective and exemplary policies. The award is given by the World Future Council, in partnership for this year with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation. The 2012 award focuses on the protection of oceans and coasts.

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Event: IPBES-1 [viewed]

The first meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) will be hosted by the Government of Germany. The meeting will aim to agree on the remaining rules of procedures for the meetings of the platform, consider other rules of procedure for the platform, elect Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel members, and agree on the next steps by which the IPBES work programme can become operational as soon as possible. IPBES-1 will be a meeting of Members of the Platform's plenary, with observers. Regional and stakeholder consultations will take place one day prior to the meeting, on 20 January 2013.  

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UNEP-WCMC/IUCN Report Highlights Growth in Protected Areas [viewed]

7 September 2012: A new report finds that protected areas are growing in number and coverage of the earth's surface. The First Edition of the Protected Planet Report was compiled through a collaborative effort between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and released during the fifth World Conservation Congress, on 7 September 2012.

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