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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Second Committee Organizes Work for 68th Session [viewed]

UNGA9 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational meeting for the 68th Session, electing the Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur, reviewing and approving the calendar of meetings, and discussing proposed changes to the Committee's working methods.

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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FAO and FEM Announce Partnership for European Mountain Forests [viewed]

FAO7 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) have announced a partnership to strengthen knowledge and capacity for sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe.

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WIPO Assembly Renews IGC Mandate [viewed]

Wipo3 October 2013: The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held from 23 September to 2 October 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, renewed the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2014-2015 biennium, and agreed on a schedule of sessions and a work programme for 2014.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 25 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 October 2013: With seven recent ratifications, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has reached 25 ratifications and is halfway to entry into force. Bhutan, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia and Norway ratified the Nagoya Protocol during the UN Treaty Event, held from 24-26 September and 30 September - 1 October 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. They were preceded by Honduras and Tajikistan, which ratified in 12 August and 4 September 2013, respectively.

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Mountain Partnership Documents Global Progress on Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas [viewed]

Mountain Partnership1 October 2013: Released at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Erzurum, Turkey, the global report, 'Mountains: Our Life, Our Future: Progress and Perspectives on Sustainable Mountain Development,' consolidates ten regional reports on environmental and social issues affecting mountains. The regional reports were prepared for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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TEEB Releases Georgia Scoping Study, Recommends Agricultural Study [viewed]

Teeb1 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), together with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Government of Georgia, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Caucasus, have released a scoping study titled, 'TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia; Main Findings and Way Forward.'

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IUFRO Reports on the Future of Forests [viewed]

Iufro30 September 2013: The September 2013 edition of the newsletter of the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) highlights risks to forests, including climate change, air pollution and invasive alien species.

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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