Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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UNESCO Study Finds Most Marine Biodiversity Still Undiscovered [viewed]

15 November 2012: According to a study published today and coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well-known marine animals, such as whales or dolphins, represent a tiny fraction of marine biodiversity. The 226,000 marine species identified so far are "but a small portion" of the estimated 700,000 to one million total.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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International Conference Discusses Ways to Operationalize Zero-Net Land Degradation [viewed]

15 November 2012: The fourth international conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) gathered over 350 participants at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Sede Boqer Campus, Israel, to define ways to operationalize the outcomes from the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) for dylands and desertification.

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Event: CBD North Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop on, among other issues, describing EBSAs and reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system and other quality-controlled sources.  

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EC Launches Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Waters [viewed]

15 November 2012: The European Commission has released "A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” designed to improve responses to water quality challenges. The Blueprint aims in particular to address lagging achievement towards the Water Framework Directive (WFD) target for reaching “good” ecological status in European waters by 2015.

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CMS Standing Committee Reviews Activities Since COP 10 [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) convened on 7-8 November 2012,  to hear an update on activities undertaken by the CMS Secretariat since the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10), held in Bergen, Norway, in November in 2011. 

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Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Event Issues Call to Action [viewed]

11 November 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event, titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action,” in Washington, DC, US, on 8 November 2012. The event brought together ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it on the foreign policy and security agenda. 

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EEA Report Assess EU Surface Waters, Progress Toward "Good" Status [viewed]

EEA14 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report assessing the status of European waters in the context of the target set by the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD) to improve European waters to a “good” ecological status by 2015. According to the report, only 52% of waters are likely to achieve this goal.

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Species E-Bulletin Highlights Decline of Primates, Palms and Wild Salmon [viewed]

October 2012: The October issue of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Bulletin highlights that 83% of Madagascar's palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk. This information comes from the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

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