Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Calls for Submissions on Scientific and Technical Needs for Strategic Plan Implementation [viewed]

CBD21 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification calling for information related to the scientific and technical needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Event: FIRMS 8th Session of the Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 8th session of the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Steering Committee Meeting will take place from 4-5 and 8 February 2013. FIRMS is a global monitoring system that provides access to a wide range of information on the status and trends of marine fishery resources including their management. It draws together a unified partnership of international organizations, regional fishery bodies and, in the future, national scientific institutes, collaborating within formal agreement to report and share information on fisheries resources.  

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Ramsar STRP Panel Appointed for 2013-2015 [viewed]

Ramsar22 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) announced that Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Oversight Committee has made the appointments of the Chairs, members and invited experts of the STRP for 2013-2015.

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Regional GeoPortal for Fouta Djallon Highlands in West Africa Highlighted at Regional Meeting [viewed]

18 January 2013: New land cover mapping results and a geospatial portal for data dissemination and sharing were highlighted at a recent meeting held by the Fouta Djallon Highlands Integrated Natural Resources Management Project.

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EFSA Publishes Risk Assessments of Pesticides for Honey Bee Health [viewed]

EFSA16 January 2012. The European Food Safety Authority has released the results of risk assessments for three neonicotinoids used as active substances in pesticides.

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UNEP GRID-Arendal Highlights Launch of Caspian Environmental Information Centre [viewed]

7 January 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID-Arendal has reported that the fourth Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) welcomed the launch of the Caspian Environmental Information Centre (CEIC).

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Sixth Edition of Ramsar Convention Manual Released [viewed]

14 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the sixth edition of the Ramsar Convention Manual, which was first published in 1994 and has since been periodically updated.

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Event: IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 [viewed]

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

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Ramsar, CBD Release Technical Paper on Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries [viewed]

8 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have jointly published a report, titled "Determination and Implementation of Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries." The report stresses the importance of maintaining the ecological character of estuaries for both integrated river basin management and integrated coastal zone management.

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