Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Ramsar Releases New Version of Interactive Wetlands Maps [viewed]

22 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released an updated version of interactive maps of Wetlands of International Importance.

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COP 11 Side Events Highlight Financing, Reporting, Ecological Networks and Flagship Species [viewed]

19 October 2012: Side events on financing biodiversity, REDD+, ecological networks, flagship species, and other topics were held during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, from 8-19 October 2012.

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ITTO Publication Reviews Timber Tracking Technologies [viewed]

October 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a review of technologies for tracking timber. The report, titled ‘Tracking Sustainability,” provides a summary of electronic and semi-electronic technologies employed to follow the path of timber and timber products through the supply chain.

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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EC Issues Guidelines on Inland Waterway Transport and Natura 2000 [viewed]

EC18 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has issued new guidelines that aim to assist the inland navigation sector in ensuring that their activities comply with EU environmental policy and nature legislation, with a focus on the Birds and Habitats Directives.

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UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Release Protected Planet 2012 Report [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201218 October 2012: A new report, titled “Protected Planet Report 2012: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,” was released on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report - the first in an annual series - reviews progress towards the achievement of CBD targets on protected areas, and includes a set of indicators for protected area coverage, representativeness, effectiveness, management and governance.

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UNEP International Ecosystem Management Partnership Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

UNEP16 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter discusses the aims and mandate of the UNEP-IEMP and introduces the UNEP-IEMP team.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for REDD+ Day [viewed]

16 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for REDD+ Day on 16 October 2012.

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CITES Releases Proposals for Amending Appendices I and II [viewed]

CITES16 October: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published proposals for the amendment of CITES Appendices I and II.

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