Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Bioversity International Analyzes Agricultural Biodiversity in Zambia [viewed]

Bioversity International8 May 2014: Farmers in Western Zambia are planting different crops as an adaptation strategy to unpredictable seasonal flooding, according to a working paper by Bioversity International, ‘Assessment of agrobiodiversity resources in the Barotse floodplain, Zambia.' Bioversity International conducted the study as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through participatory action research.

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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CTI-CFF Agrees on Seascape Approach, Reviews MPA Nominations [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative28 April 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has reported on progress with regard to regional cooperation on ecosystem-based management and the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout April. CTI-CFF activities have included a regional workshop on seascapes and a review of MPAs nominated for admission to the Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS), which aims to promote connected, resilient and sustainably financed MPAs that conserve biodiversity and generate food and income for coastal communities.

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UNESCO Sub-Commission Calls for Creation of Ocean Observation Network for Indo-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO IOC30 April 2014: The 9th International Scientific Symposium of the Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted a Joint Directors' Statement in line with the meeting's theme, ‘A Healthy and Safe Ocean for Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.' Eighteen directors of marine research institutes signed the statement at a one-day open-ended Research Directors' Forum held during the symposium, which convened 45 representatives and experts from scientific, academic, and operational organizations to advance collaboration on marine observations in the region.

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Bioversity Builds Farmers' Capacity to Select and Produce Seeds in India [viewed]

Bioversity International29 April 2014: Bioversity International has conducted a range of activities as part of its Seeds for Needs Initiative, including a field day and training workshops for 1700 farmers in India.

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Special Issue of Journal Presents Papers from UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

planet-riskApril 2014: Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has dedicated a special issue of its journal 'Planet@Risk' to the topic of desertification. All of the papers in the issue are based on presentations that were given during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, which addressed the theme of 'Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas.'

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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EU Parliament Approves Invasive Alien Species Legislation [viewed]

European Union16 April 2014: The European Parliament has voted in favor of an Invasive Alien Species (IAS) law for the EU, which will aim to halt the introduction and spread of IAS, especially insects. 

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