Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO Calls for Candidates for Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management [viewed]

January 2013: UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme has issued a call for the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management, awarded every two years to a selected case study on biosphere reserve management in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves.

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IUCN-China Seminar Discusses How to Communicate about Nature Conservation [viewed]

26 December 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) China organized a round-table seminar on Nature Based Ecological Civilization Education and Communications. 

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching [viewed]

UN logo24 December 2012: In a presidential statement issued on 19 December, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)” in Central Africa, and called “on the United Nations and AU to jointly investigate the LRA's logistical networks and possible sources of illicit financing, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling.”

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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EMG Report Maps Contributions of UN Agencies to Aichi Targets [viewed]

October 2012: A report prepared by the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) Issue Management Group (IMG) on Biodiversity presents an overview of the contribution of the UN system to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi targets.

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Event: International Meeting on Sustainable Forest Management in CITES [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the International Tropical Timber Organization-Convention on International Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (ITTO-CITES) Programme on ensuring international trade in CITES-Listed Timber Species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation.  

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Swaziland Joins CMS [viewed]

2 January 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced the accession of Swaziland, as the 118th Party to the Convention, on 1 January 2013.

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CITES Announces Withdrawal of Proposal on Downlisting of African Elephant [viewed]

CITES26 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced a decision by Tanzania to withdraw its proposal to downlist the African elephant from Appendix I to II.

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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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