Study Predicting the Impact of Land-Use Change on Biodiversity Published [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 September 2014: Scientists at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Natural History Museum, London, UK, have published a worldwide synthetic analysis of how individual species in four taxonomic groups, namely invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, mammals and birds, respond to multiple human pressures in tropical and sub-tropical forests.

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OECD Releases Consensus Documents on Safety Assessments of Transgenic Cassava and Eucalyptus [viewed]

OECD_NEWSeptember 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) has released consensus documents on the biology of cassava and on the biology of eucalyptus to facilitate regulatory assessment of transgenic varieties of these species.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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Extinct Snail Re-discovered at UNESCO Site in Seychelles [viewed]

sif29 August 2014: The Aldabra banded snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), declared extinct in 2007, has been re-discovered at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

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European Map of HNV Forests under Development [viewed]

foresteurope19 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a technical report on assessing High Nature Value (HNV) in forests. The report, titled 'Developing a Forest Naturalness Indicator for Europe,' is meant to support the ongoing identification of HNV forests in Europe and is expected to contribute to the production of an HNV regional map.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4) [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will meet from 23-26 September in Mikulov, Czech Republic, to decide on the strategic policy direction of the Convention for the next three years. COP 4 also serves as the Meeting of the Parties to its Protocols on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, Sustainable Forest Management, and Sustainable Tourism. Participants will include environment ministers and high-level representatives of the seven Parties to the Convention. Parties are expected to, inter alia, review and decide upon a number of implementing documents, issue declarations and statements, and ratify the Protocol on Sustainable Transport to the Convention.  

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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Youth Forum Seeks Opportunities in Sustainable Development [viewed]

Youth Forum SIDS28 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference Forum on youth, hosted by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), focused on identifying opportunities for young people from SIDS to engage proactively in opportunities relating to sustainable development. The forum shared successful, innovative partnerships and initiatives to determine how these could be replicated to address development challenges.

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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership [viewed]

samoa-unep29 August 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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