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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CIFOR Assesses Forest PES Project in Brazil [viewed]

CIFOR28 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report, titled 'Promoting Forest Stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Program - Local Livelihood Strategies and Preliminary Impacts,' which profiles the Bolsa Floresta project in Brazil, a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program targeting forest dwellers in "Sustainable Development Reserves."

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Experts Meet to Develop Action Plan for Pacific Loggerhead Turtle [viewed]

CMS27 March 2014: Fifteen experts convened to develop a Single Species Action Plan for the Pacific Loggerhead Turtle, agreeing that key threats to this species include bycatch in fisheries, entanglement and ingestion of marine debris. 

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GEF-UNDP Project Conserves Marine Biodiversity, Supports Sustainable Livelihoods in Malaysia [viewed]

GEF UNDP27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

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UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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CBD Releases Report on Socioeconomic Considerations in LMO Decision-making [viewed]

CBDMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Socioeconomic Considerations regarding decisions on living modified organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Abidjan Convention Adopts Decisions on Budget Increase and Blue Economy [viewed]

cop1126 March 2014: The 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of West and Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention) agreed to accelerate the Convention's implementation and ensure the sustainable management of marine resources through increased financial and technical support.

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CBD Launches Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning LMOs [viewed]

CBD25 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched the web-portal for the upcoming Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and is inviting parties to nominate participants and exchange case studies, best practices and lessons learned.

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Central Africa Countries Develop New Strategy for Sustainable Wildlife Management [viewed]

cbfp21 March 2014: The main conclusions of the second meeting of the Sub Working Group on Protected Areas and Wildlife in Central Africa (SGTAPFS), as reported by the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), include the development of a strategy for sustainable wildlife management, which integrates the Forest and Wildlife Crime Analytic Toolbox. 

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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