Northern America

Arctic Council's TFOPP Progresses on Oil Pollution Prevention Action Plan [viewed]

Arctic Council10 July 2014: The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) continued developing an ‘Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention' and related cooperative arrangements. The TFOPP, which convened in Ottawa, Canada, on 12-13 June, was co-chaired by the Russian Federation and Norway, and is expected to present the outcomes of its work and any recommendations for further action at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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CAFF Announces Photography Competition for Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

CAFFJuly 2014: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Secretariat, to celebrate the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, is organizing an Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" Photography Competition. Entries are encouraged in four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North, and business and science in the Arctic. A special prize will be awarded to a youth photographer.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

Hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert workshop aims to provide consolidated practical guidance and a toolkit for marine spatial planning. Aiming to respond to the request of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) for the development of a web-based information-sharing system linking existing information sources on marine spatial planning, the workshop will review submissions on scientific and technical information, case studies, tools and guidance, and relevant management plans related to marine spatial planning.  

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SBSTTA-18 Adopts Recommendations on Scientific Issues Related to Aichi Targets Implementation [viewed]

Chair-Hem-Pande28 June 2014: The 18th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addressed a series of items related to the scientific base required for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi biodiversity targets, including the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4), marine- and climate-related issues, and invasive alien species (IAS).

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CBD Secretariat Reviews Preparations for COP 12 in Civil Society Newsletter '[square brackets]' [viewed]

Square Brackets - July 2014July 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the ninth issue of [square brackets], the CBD newsletter for civil society, with a special focus on progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Pacific Countries Announce Financial Contributions to Address IAS [viewed]

SPREP23 June 2014: Palau and Tonga have both announced financial commitments to address invasive alien species (IAS). These commitments will contribute to a Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) regional project on IAS, including the development and implementation of National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plans (NISSAPs) in Pacific countries.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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Arctic Council to Produce Harmonized Map Covering Region [viewed]

CAFF18 June: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide national mapping organizations in the Arctic in producing a harmonized map covering the entire Arctic region, with data on, inter alia, climate and biodiversity. The aim of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI) is to help harmonize, combine and integrate diverse data sets.

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CBD Magazine Focuses on Corporate Canada's Approach to Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

CBDJune 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the latest edition of its Magazine on Business and Biodiversity, titled 'Business 2020,' which focuses on how various Canadian companies are addressing biodiversity issues.

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