Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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UNCCD Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lead Institution/Consortium to Organize 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for expressions of interest in organizing the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will take place in 2014 under the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

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South-South-North Collaboration Will Address Desertification in Africa's Sahel [viewed]

21 June 2012: Africa, Brazil and France have launched a scientific collaboration to fight desertification, with a particular focus on the Sahel region. It aims to integrate information on desertification trends captured through satellite imagery and on-the-ground knowledge and research. It also will build scientific capacity in Africa, strengthen science-society links and contribute to sustainable management of arid and semi-arid areas of Africa.

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EFSA Launches Public Consultations on Risk Assessment of GM Animals [viewed]

EFSA21 June 2012: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on the draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals.

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IAEA to Open Center on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 June 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the summer launch of its new Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at IAEA's Monaco Environmental Laboratories, aiming to facilitate action and communication on ocean acidification.

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BioCAN Holds Training Workshop for Amazon Environmental Information Platform [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Andean Community's biodiversity program, BioCAN, provided training for the environmental authorities of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as well as the staff of national teams responsible for building the Community's Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA). Participants exchanged experiences and agreed on protocols and tools for managing information on biodiversity and environment in the Amazonian regions of the Andean Community (CAN).

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Working Group on Regular Process Forwards Recommendations to UNGA [viewed]

June 2012: The report on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) has been released. The Group issued recommendations to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), including to adopt the outline for the first global integrated marine assessment of the Regular Process, as well as terms of reference and working methods for the Group of Experts of the Regular Process.

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JRC Releases Workshop Proceedings on Socio-economic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

June 2012: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the proceedings of a workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops. The report finds that there is insufficient evidence for a proper analysis of socio-economic impacts, and calls for the development of indicators to facilitate socio-economic studies.

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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CGIAR Releases Updated Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity [viewed]

25 June 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has made available an updated version of the Technical Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Resources on the website of the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base, established under CGIAR's System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP).

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