Northern America

Event: CBD North Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop on, among other issues, describing EBSAs and reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system and other quality-controlled sources.  

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Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Event Issues Call to Action [viewed]

11 November 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event, titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action,” in Washington, DC, US, on 8 November 2012. The event brought together ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it on the foreign policy and security agenda. 

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GWF Paper Highlights the Indigenous and Cultural Politics of Transboundary Water Governance [viewed]

Global Water Forum6 November 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has released a discussion paper on rescaling transboundary environmental governance by and for indigenous communities. The paper presents the case of the Coast Salish Aboriginal Council.

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London Convention Parties Express Concern over Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

IMO2 November 2012: The 34th Consultative Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention), and to its 1996 Protocol (London Protocol), concluded with the release of an unanimous statement of concern regarding a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada.

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CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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CITES Releases COP 16 Preliminary Agenda, New Working Documents [viewed]

CITES17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published the preliminary agenda and new working documents for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16).

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NAFO Strengthens Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 34th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) took place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 17-21 September 2012. The meeting set total allowable catches (TACs) for cod, redfish, white hake, thorny skates and shrimp, and took decisions to strengthen protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs).

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Canada Extends Ramsar Site in the Metro Vancouver Region [viewed]

22 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Canada has vastly extended the Alaksen Ramsar Site, first designated in 1982, from 586 hectares to 20,682.

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CEC Project Identifies Priority Conservation Actions in Big Bend/Río Bravo Region [viewed]

10 September 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America held a workshop bringing together scientists and government officials from Mexico and the US to set priorities for conservation of the important Big Bend/Río Bravo cross-border ecosystem. The Workshop was held 7 September 2012 in Mexico City.

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