Europe

Norway to Support UNEP GRID-Arendal for Next 10 Years [viewed]

7 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNEP committing to continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years.

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Lebanon Ratification Raises Biosafety Protocol Membership to 165 [viewed]

CBD13 February, 2013: Lebanon will become the 165th member of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 7 May 2013, 90 days after depositing its instrument of accession on 6 February.

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Event: INC-Forests3 Resumed Session [viewed]

The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will reconvene to discuss, inter alia, the decision on whether to adopt the Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) as a UN treaty, finance, compliance and the roadmap for negotiations through to the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE, scheduled for late 2013 in Madrid, Spain, where the results of the LBA negotiations will be presented to ministers.  

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The Netherlands Designates Four Coastal Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Dutch flag12 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has reported that the Government of the Netherlands has designated four new coastal and near-coastal Wetlands of International Importance on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, in the Leeward Antilles, bringing the total number of sites for this country to 53.

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Event: 8th Session of the GFCM - Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) [viewed]

This session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will include a meeting of the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM).  

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Romania Designates Seven Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Romania11 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Romania has designated seven new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this country to 19.

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Event: Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Invasive Species in Europe [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife, with the support of the European Habitats Forum, will organize a high-level debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the issue of invasive alien species in Europe and the development of an EU policy instrument to tackle them.  

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Croatia Designates Lake as Ramsar Site [viewed]

4 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Croatia has designated Vransko Lake as its 5th Wetland of International Importance. The site is a Nature Park and Special Ornithological Reserve that is the largest natural lake in Croatia.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha [viewed]

24 January 2013: The 6th EU-Brazil Summit discussed a range of issues for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Doha Climate Change Conference, as well as renewal of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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