Science, Assessment & Monitoring

European Project on Coastal and Marine Governance Holds Final Meeting [viewed]

pegaso22 January 2014: The PEGASO project of the European Commission (EC) recently held its final conference. PEGASO, or 'People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and Coast,' focused on supporting integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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Raptors MOU TAG1 Discusses Conservation Priorities for Birds of Prey [viewed]

CMS24 January 2014: Experts on birds of prey convened in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG1) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU). The establishment of the Group is a vehicle to enhance cooperation to address specific threats to raptors, such as electrocution and poisoning. TAG1, held from 21-24 January, reviewed a series of conservation priorities.

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CITES and ITC Announce Partnership to Support Community-focused, Legal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

itc-cites23 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have announced a collaboration in support of rural communities engaged in the trade of selected species listed under CITES Appendix II.

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CGIAR and Partners to Sequence 100 African Orphan Crop Species [viewed]

icraf-aocc20 January 2014: The African Orphan Crops Consortium has announced the names of one hundred species that will be researched over the coming years in an effort to improve food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers in Africa. The first species to be considered by the Consortium will be the Baobab.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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Draft Updated Synthesis of Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity Available for Peer-Review [viewed]

CBD10 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer-review the draft updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity, which will be submitted for consideration to the eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held in June 2014.

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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Bioversity International to Run Training Course on Preservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJanuary 2014: In an effort to build capacity in the conservation of the thousands of species with difficult-to-store seeds or challenging clonal propagation, up to fifteen scientists will be trained in tissue culture, cryopreservation and in vitro conservation of crops, as well as in molecular techniques and protocols for conservation of plant seeds and tissues through a course at the Indian National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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