UNESCO Releases Outcome of Expert Meeting on IPBES [viewed]

28 June 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the outcome of the meeting on the future of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), held on 10 June 2011, in Paris, France. The meeting's outcome calls for representation of key stakeholders and recommends elements of a knowledge generation strategy.

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Switzerland Extends Ramsar Site [viewed]

28 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that Switzerland has extended its “Les Grangettes” Ramsar Site from 330 hectares to 6,342 hectares. The extension contributes to the goal outlined in the Ramsar Convention's Strategic Plan for 2009-2015 to reach a protected area of 250 million hectares by 2015.

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East Asia Ramsar Regional Center Releases Awareness Raising Documents [viewed]

28 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Ramsar Regional Center - East Asia (RRC-EA) has produced documents for the public on the Changwon Declaration, wetlands and culture, and rice paddies.

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Event: 141st American Fisheries Society Conference [viewed]

The theme for this meeting is: New Frontiers in Fisheries Management and Ecology: Leading the Way in a Changing World.  

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Event: Ninth International Meeting on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 9) [viewed]

The purpose of EMECS 9 is to improve our ability to manage coastal seas in all their ecological, economic, and cultural dimensions. The conference will work to cross barriers of discipline and culture by bringing together experts and stakeholders from different backgrounds to share information, insights, and lessons learned.  

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Event: 22nd Regular Meeting of ICCAT [viewed]

The 22nd regular meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and its compliance meeting will take place in November 2011.  

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Event: North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Annual Meeting [viewed]

 

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Event: Meeting of Experts on Sustainable Use of Oceans [viewed]

Prince Albert II of Monaco will convene this meeting of experts to focus on ways to promote the sustainable use of oceans. Monaco will invite oceans experts, economists and business representatives from the five regional groups to reflect on the issues of food security, energy, and tourism in order to formulate concrete recommendations as well as implement and ultimately replicate the best learned practices from their local and regional experiences. The meeting will also discuss the relationship of these issues with the themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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New IMO Secretary-General Elected [viewed]

28 June 2011: Koji Sekimizu (Japan) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012 and for an initial term of four years.

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UNDP and Japan Launch Satoyama Initiative [viewed]

27 June 2011: The Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a five-year partnership programme to promote the Satoyama Initiative and practices. Through this initiative, rural communities in 11 countries will receive small grants through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement biodiversity-friendly natural resource management and farming systems.

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