Event: Arctic Frontiers 2015: Climate and Energy [viewed]

The 9th Arctic Frontiers conference, organized around the theme 'Climate and Energy,' will address three scientific themes, namely: global implications of Arctic climate change; ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems; and the role of the Arctic in global energy supply and security. In addition, the conference will include: policy and business programmes; social and cultural, and side events; a Young Scientist Forum; and an Emerging Leaders programme. The conference is expected to attract over 1,300 participants from academia, government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Arctic Frontiers secretariat is based at FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, in Tromsø, Norway.  

read more »

Event: CMS Raptors MoU MoS2 [viewed]

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

read more »

Policy Update #3: Biodiversity in 2014: A Year in Review [viewed]

It's all about the bass, the bass….no treble…..The popular tune for 2014 was all about the base….the natural resource base and how it could support solutions to the world's development problems.

read more »

Last Update of 2014 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays Card 2012We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2015. Thank you for your support during 2014.

read more »

FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

read more »

Participants Discuss Proposals for Protecting Oceans and High Seas at GOC Event [viewed]

goc19 December 2014: Participants discussed the final report of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) and its eight proposals on restoring and protecting the oceans and high seas at an event at Monaco's Musée Océanographique. At the event, Prince Albert II of Monaco pledged his support for the GOC.

read more »

Rio Conventions Explore Common Indicators for Land-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logo11 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, an event hosted by China and attended by ministers from seven countries, discussed how the three Rio Conventions can work in a synergistic way to enhance the resilience of communities affected by desertification and climate change.

read more »

CITES Issues Statement on Alleged Trade in Elephants from Zimbabwe [viewed]

CITES18 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued a statement on the alleged trade in live African elephants from Zimbabwe to China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

read more »

Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

read more »

Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

read more »