Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Technical Report Assesses Achievement of Aichi Targets [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4) Technical Report (CBD Technical Series No. 78), titled ‘Progress toward the Aichi Biodiversity Targets: An assessment of biodiversity trends, policy scenarios and key actions.' This report explains that, while progress has been made towards achieving most of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, significant work remains, and if current trends continue, the Targets are unlikely to be met by the 2020 deadline.

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GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

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CBD Reviews Progress on Plant Conservation Strategy [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released CBD Technical Series No. 81, titled ‘Plant Conservation Report 2014: A review of progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020.' The report was prepared to contribute to the mid-term review of the CBD's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 4).

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Global Mechanism, FSD Sign MoU on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

global-mechanism-fsd1 October 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signaling cooperation on land degradation neutrality.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks [viewed]

thebluecarboninitiativeSeptember 2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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Event: Global Soil Biodiversity Conference [viewed]

The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference will be organized by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS, from 2-5 December in Dijon, France. Held under the theme 'Assessing Soil Biodiversity and Its Role for Ecosystem Services,' this first GSBI conference will summarize the current state of knowledge and recent achievements in the science of soil biodiversity. The goals of the conference will be to promote scientific research on the role of soil biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services, and integrate such understanding into environmental agendas, sustainable policies and land management decisions globally. Topics to be addressed include: discovery and observation; tracking and monitoring; assessing pressures and threats; strategies for management and conversation; soil ecology education; and global harmonization of methods for structural and functional diversity of soil organisms.  

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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Event: Second Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-2) of the CGRFA [viewed]

At its second session, the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) will continue work on draft elements to facilitate the domestic implementation of ABS for different sub-sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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