Event: CITES AC28 [viewed]

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

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Event: CITES SC66 [viewed]

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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UNCCD, Ramsar Commit to Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

UNDCC - Ramsar Convention14 November 2014: During the "Planet Plenary" at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place in Sydney, Australia, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, announced a public commitment "to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children by stopping and reversing land degradation." Also during the plenary, Briggs indicated that Ramsar would launch a global partnership for wetlands restoration with the UNCCD in 2015.

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IUCN, Wiley Publishers Feature Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

Journal Aquatic Conservation Special Issue November 201414 November 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has collaborated with Wily Online Library to release a special issue of the journal Aquatic Conservation, which features ‘Building Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): New Insights from the Third International MPA Congress (IMPAC 3).' The special issue aims to provide data, information and science to support decision-making and goals on ocean protection.

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Protected Planet Report: World on Track to Meet CBD 2020 Target for Protected Areas [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201413 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report concluding that the world is on track to meet a 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target on the expansion of protected areas, although more work is required to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection. The report, titled ‘Protected Planet Report 2014: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,' was launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, meeting in Sydney, Australia.

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IUCN Releases First Global Assessment of World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN World Heritage Outlook 201413 November 2014: Over 60% of areas on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time and 54% are considered well managed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) 'World Heritage Outlook 2014: a conservation assessment of all natural World Heritage sites.' The report is the first global assessment of the world's 228 natural World Heritage sites.

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UNEP IRP Concludes 15th Meeting; Names Potočnik as Co-Chair [viewed]

International Resource Panel8 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) selected Janez Potočnik, the former European Union (EU) Commissioner for the Environment, as the new IRP Co-Chair, at its 15th meeting. The Panel also identified future areas of research, including: poverty eradication and natural resources governance; restoration and resilience of land biodiversity and ecosystem services; and circular economy and innovation.

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International Meetings on Ballast Water Address Threats from Invasive Species [viewed]

IMONovember 2014: Two international events in Singapore and Brazil addressed administrative, technological and scientific developments relating to ballast water management (BWM) to prevent threats from marine invasive species in international maritime transport, highlighting the imminent entering into force of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.

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WIPO Circulates Table of Disclosure Requirements in Legislative Texts [viewed]

WIPONovember 2014: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has circulated a table compiling disclosure requirements related to genetic resources and/or traditional knowledge, which are contained in national and regional legislative texts.

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50in10 Proposes Theory of Change to Accelerate Fisheries Restoration through Collaboration [viewed]

50in10November 2014: Empowering fishermen and local communities to co-manage fisheries, making science-based decisions, reforming public policies and harnessing the market for sustainable seafood exemplify sustainable fishing success stories, according to a ‘Theory of Change: Accelerating Global Fisheries Restoration through Collaboration,' published by 50in10. The Theory of Change publication promotes a coordinated, holistic approach to connect and expand individual success stories to foster transitions to sustainable fishing globally, emphasizing that such an approach can provide more resilient ecosystems, increased economic opportunities and more food.

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