Updated FAO Database Shows Increasing Aquaculture Output Globally [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The global volume of aquaculture output is comparable to that of capture fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Global Aquaculture Production Volume and Value Statistics Database. FAO updated this volume and its database to 2012.

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Event: CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

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Event: Tenth Meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-building for Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will focus on options for strengthening the capacities of Parties to review and integrate their national measures for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes. The meeting will also consider ways and means of mobilizing new and additional resources to support the Protocol's national implementation.  

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Bioversity Presents Action Plan for Mesoamerican Biodiversity and Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International31 March 2014: Bioversity International has released the 'Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources (PRG) in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' (SAPM). SAPM provides a ten-year road map for PGR conservation and use as means to improve food security and realize agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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Python Conservation Partnership Releases First Report on Captive Breeding [viewed]

iucn31 March 2014: The 'Python Conservation Partnership,' a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), released their first report, evaluating the economic feasibility and viability of captive breeding of pythons as a possible element of sustainable use and conservation of the species. The report will be presented at the meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in May 2014.

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Arctic Council Releases 2013 Overview of Arctic Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Arctic Council28 March 2014: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), an Arctic Council Working Group, has released the 'Arctic Ocean Acidifcation 2013: An Overview,' which is written for the general public and educational purposes in high schools.

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UNESCO Announces Book on Biospheres in Chile [viewed]

UNESCO27 March 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the publication of 'Reservas de la Biosfera de Chile — Laboratorios para la Sustentabilidad.' The book seeks to generate research and improve the management of Chilean biosphere reserves, as well as motivate the interest of the Chilean population in the uniqueness of the ecosystems and human livelihoods in the reserves. 

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the first of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) to discuss the scope, parameters and feasibility of a possible new international instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The outcome of these meetings is expected to contribute to a decision to be taken at the sixty-nineth session of the UN General Assembly on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

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CMS Announces Launch of Migratory Landbirds Study Group [viewed]

CMS29 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the launch of the Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG). The Group will identify primary research and monitoring gaps in support of the CMS Migratory Landbirds Action Plan. 

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OECPR Meets to Prepare for First UNEA Session [viewed]

First UNEA Session28 March 2014: The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened for the first time, in preparation for the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP  in June 2014. Delegates did not approve any draft decisions, but will continue inter-sessional work to finalize several areas, including UNEP's Programme of Work, budget, and a draft stakeholder engagement policy.

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