Event: INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meetings [viewed]

INTERPOL will host the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee, together with the Wildlife Crime, Fisheries Crime and Pollution Crime Working Groups. These meetings will bring together inter-governmental organizations, law enforcement and government officials nominated by the National Central Bureaus from across INTERPOL's 190 member countries. The Green Customs Initiative, comprised of the Secretariats of the major multilateral environmental agreements and inter-governmental organizations, will also take this opportunity to hold their annual meeting, marking the partnership's 10th anniversary. The meetings will be dedicated to developing practical law enforcement responses and to coordinating projects focused on such areas as capacity building and intelligence gathering across the environmental crime spectrum.  

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Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing Enters into Force [viewed]

CBD12 October 2014: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 12 October 2014, as the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1) began.

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UNESCO IOC and GBIF Partner to Improve Marine Biodiversity Data [viewed]

unesco-gbif13 October 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will work jointly to improve the amount and quality of data available on ocean biodiversity. The organizations have signed a letter of agreement recognizing the IOC as a GIBF affiliate.

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Third BioTrade Congress Discusses Sustainable Business, Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

unctad.cbd12 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized its third BioTrade Congress under the theme, 'Promoting Sustainable use through Business Engagement.' The Congress sought to identify tools for fostering the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services, and highlighted best practices and offered recommendations for activities in a range of industries, including cosmetics, traditional medicine, fashion design and tourism.

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IUFRO World Congress Welcomes New President, Presents Declaration [viewed]

Iufro11 October 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has concluded its 24th World Congress, convened under the theme, ‘Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People – the Role of Research.' The 'Salt Lake City Declaration' was presented at the conclusion.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Illegal Trade Threatening Pig-Nosed Turtle [viewed]

traffic4 October 2014: A TRAFFIC report, titled 'Assessing the Trade in Pig-Nosed Turtles,' indicates that intensive illegal collection of the vulnerable pig-nosed turtle for the pet, food and traditional medicine trades has reached alarming levels. The pig-nosed turtle is protected under national legislation in Indonesia and is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

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Guest Article #24: Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is set to enter into force on 12 October 2014, and the first Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (COP MOP 1) will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in South Korea. The Protocol has somewhat set a record in terms of the length of time it took to establish a legally binding framework to deal with implementation of Article 15 of the CBD, which came into force on 29 December 1993.

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CBD COP 12 Adopts IAS Guidance [viewed]

CBD10 October 2014: Delegates at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted international guidance on the introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) as pets, aquarium and terrarium species and as live bait and live food. The guidelines will support the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 9, which aims to identify, control, eradicate and prevent IAS and put in place measures to manage IAS pathways.

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BIP Releases Aichi Targets Passport Smartphone App [viewed]

bip10 October 2014: The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) has announced that the 2014 edition of the Aichi Targets Passport is available as an application (app) for smartphones. The app allows users to navigate quickly through the Passport, which provides an annual update of progress under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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