Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CMS Workshop Discusses International Action Plan for Conservation of Argali Sheep [viewed]

6 December 2012: A workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, addressed the development of an international action plan for the conservation of argali sheep. Representatives from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the role of trophy hunting and sustainable use in the conservation of this species, which is also an important prey of the snow leopard.

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Joint Inspection Unit Completes Evaluation of UN-Oceans [viewed]

26 November 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has transmitted to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) the report of the Joint Inspection Unit's evaluation of UN-Oceans. The report examines the inter-agency mechanism, maps out the activities of its members in the last five years on oceans and coastal issues, and includes recommendations.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the November 2012 issue of its Newsletter.

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes Annual Report [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published its 2011 Annual Report. It highlights a growing number of partnerships with a range of biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the Rio Conventions.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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Second Committee Approves Resolutions on UNCCD, International Day of Forests [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved draft resolutions on “Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa” ( A/C.2/67/L.49)  and on the “International Day of Forests” (A/C.2/67/L.46).

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Event: Third Meeting of Signatories to UNEP/CMS MoU on Middle-European Population of Great Bustard [viewed]

The Great Bustard Scientific Symposium and the Third Meeting of the Signatories to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) will be held to advance conservation actions on this species.  

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Event: Expert Consultation on Research and Management Priorities for High-Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces [viewed]

The workshop on Research and Management Priorities for High Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), will bring together partners and international experts working on ecosystem interfaces of high-altitude rangelands to identify knowledge needs and priorities and to develop an advocacy plan for high-altitude rangelands in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The workshop will build on ICIMOD's efforts to promote the conservation of rangelands and regional cooperation in transboundary landscapes, including the Kailash Sacred Landscape, as well as identify development opportunities for local communities dependent on high-altitude rangeland ecosystems.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources - Second Session [viewed]

The second session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources will convene at FAO headquarters from 23-25 January 2013. It will be convened under the Regular Programme of the Organization. The Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) requested the Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources to meet before CGRFA 14, which will convene from 15-19 April 2013, to review the draft report on The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources and priority areas for action, as identified in Country Reports and regional consultations; and to review and evaluate options for a follow-up, and make recommendations to the Commission.  

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