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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary [viewed]

ipbes214 December 2013: The second session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing the Platform's work programme, operating procedures and relationship with the UN. The Plenary also announced the appointment of Anne Larigauderie as the first IPBES Executive Secretary.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Declaration on Marine Environment [viewed]

unep-map11 December 2013: Mediterranean and EU Ministers and Heads of State committed to protect coastal and marine species and habitats at the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (CoP 18). CoP 18, which took place from 3-6 December 2103, in Istanbul, Turkey, resulted in the Istanbul Declaration, which includes 17 decisions.

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Metsä2013 Adopts the Rovaniemi Action Plan [viewed]

metsa201313 December 2013: Metsä2013, the Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission (EFC) announced the adoption of the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.'

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Biosafety Supplementary Protocol Reaches Half-way Mark in Ratifications for Entry into Force [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)9 December 2013: Hungary has ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, bringing the total number of ratifications to 20 and achieving the half-way mark towards the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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Indonesia to Host Coral Triangle Initiative Permanent Secretariat in 2014 [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeNovember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has decided to install an Executive Director and launch its Permanent Secretariat in Indonesia in mid-2014. The Initiative is also anticipating implementation of its Monitoring and Evaluation System, and has released a set of guidebooks for designing local marine protected areas.

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UNODC Develops Guidelines for Ivory Sampling to Combat Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC6 December 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), recently hosted a meeting to develop guidelines for ivory sampling and analysis to be employed at wildlife crime scenes and by forensic laboratories.

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