Arctic Council's TFOPP Progresses on Oil Pollution Prevention Action Plan [viewed]

Arctic Council10 July 2014: The third meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) continued developing an ‘Arctic Council Action Plan for Oil Pollution Prevention' and related cooperative arrangements. The TFOPP, which convened in Ottawa, Canada, on 12-13 June, was co-chaired by the Russian Federation and Norway, and is expected to present the outcomes of its work and any recommendations for further action at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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CBD Releases Working Group Report on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Among other recommendations, the group recommends that the seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) endorse the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs).

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet they receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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UNCTAD and CITES Partner to Enhance Tracking of Traded Species [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos17 July 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a set of tools that will help customs authorities regulate the import and export of CITES-listed species.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration [viewed]

FAO17 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report, titled 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

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ISU, EDF and 50in10 Report Focuses on Financing Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries10 July 2014: The transition to more sustainable fisheries management systems can yield financial returns and deliver ecological, economic and social benefits if fisheries are structured as “investable propositions,” according to a report by the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU), the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 50in10. The organizations launched the report, titled ‘Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition' at a conference on ‘Financing the transition towards a sustainable blue economy.'

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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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