Event: Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are organizing the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) under the theme ‘Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific'. ISAP2014 will bring together key stakeholders and ensure that their voices are linked with discussions at all levels up to, including and beyond 2015. Speakers at ISAP2014 will include: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of representatives from international organizations, governments, the business community and NGOs.  

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Event: CBD Workshop on Synergies between REDD+ and Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), this workshop aims to support Central African countries in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of the Aichi targets; integrating targets, as well as REDD+ actions, into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); and demonstrating the appropriate data-gathering processes, assessments, policies and tools for implementing a coherent approach to targets and REDD+ actions.  

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GCRMN, IUCN, UNEP Report Analyzes Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs [viewed]

UNEP-GCRMN-IUCN2 July 2014: Caribbean corals have declined more than 50% since the 1970s, according to ‘Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012.' The report identifies overfishing, pollution and tourism as the main threats to coral reefs and provides a series of recommendations to promote reef recovery and resilience.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 42 Ratifications [viewed]

Cbd Logo1 July 2014: The European Union (EU), Namibia and Samoa ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in May 2014, followed by Belarus, Guatemala, Spain and Uganda, which ratified in June 2014, and Vanuatu, which ratified on 1 July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 42.

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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European Conference Discusses 'No Net Loss' for Biodiversity [viewed]

EUJuly 2014: The report of a global conference on approaches to avoid, minimize, restore and offset biodiversity loss, titled 'To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond,' presents lessons and ideas exchanged during the conference as well as major themes and cross-cutting issues. The conference was held under the EU's 'No Net Loss Initiative,' an initiative in support of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020.

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Chair's Issue Paper Circulated in Preparation for WIPO IGC-28 [viewed]

WIPOJune 2014: In preparation for the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IGC Chair Amb. Wayne McCook (Jamaica) has developed an Issues Paper, reflecting his view on possible cross-cutting issues that could be considered during the session.

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Event: WIPO IGC-28 [viewed]

The 28th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be a cross-cutting session on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The IGC will also take stock of progress and make a recommendation on future work to the WIPO General Assembly, which will decide on convening a diplomatic conference.  

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CITES, TRAFFIC Reports Discuss ECU Impacts on Asian Wildlife Trade [viewed]

TRAFFIC - CITES1 July 2014: Three reports, commissioned to TRAFFIC by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and funded by the EU, discuss how the establishment of a Eurasian Customs Union (ECU), comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation, could result in free and undeclared movements of wildlife, including species listed under the Convention.

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CMS Scientific Council Discusses Upcoming COP11 Issues [viewed]

CMS1 July 2014: The 18th meeting of the Scientific Council (ScC18) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met to prepare for the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (CMS COP11), which is scheduled to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 4-9 November 2014.

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