Event: Eighth International Convention on Environment and Development [viewed]

The Eighth International Convention on Environment and Development will include experts from Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Norway, the United States and Ecuador. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), will speak at the convention opening. The convention will include sessions on climate change, environmental education, protected areas, ecosystem management and biodiversity, environmental rights, environmental land planning, as well as hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment.  

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Event: Eighth Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission [viewed]

The eighth Regular Session of the Commission (WCPFC8) will take place in December. The meetings of its Northern, Scientific and Technical and Compliance Committees will take place prior to the session. The members of the Commission are: Australia, China, Canada, Cook Islands, the EU, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, US and Vanuatu.  

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UNCCD Organizes Fourth Land Day [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released its report from "Land Day 4," which took place on 11 June 2011, in parallel to the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

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LAC Customs Authorities Plan for Transition to Electronic Permitting [viewed]

29 June 2011: Senior Customs officers and authorities responsible for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met to discuss the transition from paper to electronic permitting (e-permitting) systems, and laid out a road map to develop joint funding proposals to assist in the development of national and regional CITES e-permitting systems.

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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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