Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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World Bank Approves Project to Improve Conservation of Biodiversity and Enhance Livelihoods in Mozambique [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2014: The World Bank has approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the implementation of Mozambique's Conservation Areas (CAs) for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.

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IUCN Report Assesses Benefits of Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN18 November 2014: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage sites provide climate stability and support economic and human well-being, according to the first-ever assessment of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by these sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the report at its World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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15 Members of Future Earth Engagement Committee Appointed [viewed]

futureearth18 November 2014: The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability has announced 15 members of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. The members will provide leadership and strategic guidance on engaging partners and stakeholders of Future Earth - a ten-year global research platform - in designing and disseminating research.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region [viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.  

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction [viewed]

IUCN17 November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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Bioversity International Releases Toolkit for Practical Use of Biodiversity Indicators [viewed]

Biodiversity International17 November 2014: Bioversity International, in collaboration with partners, has released the 'Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS),' which provides guidance for the organization of workshops on the practical use of such indicators in the field.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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