Policy Update #6: Do We Need a New Treaty to Protect Biodiversity in the Deep Seas? [viewed]

For ten years negotiators in New York have been debating, under the aegis of the UN General Assembly, the need for a new international agreement to protect biodiversity in the deep seas. A final decision is expected by the end of 2015, following key negotiations on 20-23 January 2015 on the feasibility, scope and parameters of a new treaty.

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IPBES-3 Adopts 2014-2018 Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) concluded with delegates adopting a number of decisions, including on: the work programme for 2014-2018; a stakeholder engagement strategy (SES); a communications and outreach strategy; the financial and budgetary arrangements; and rules of procedure for the Platform on, inter alia, the conflict of interest (COI) policy.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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UNFF AHEG2 Keeps All Options on Table for IAF [viewed]

aheg215 January 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) second meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) completed its work, setting the stage for discussions at the upcoming eleventh meeting of the UNFF (UNFF11) in May 2015. While all options officially remain on the table, AHEG2 informally identified those options for the future of the International Agreement on Forests (IAF) that have the most support and appear to be the most feasible.

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FAO Stresses Genetic Diversity in Coping with Climate Change [viewed]

copingclimatechange19 January 2015: Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world, especially as climate change advances, according to a book titled 'Coping with Climate Change: The Roles of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.' The book was released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), led by its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA).

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Five European Countries Urge Banning Microplastics [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in personal care products, with the aim of protecting marine ecosystems, including seafood, from contamination. The countries forwarded their joint statement on eliminating microplastics in cosmetic and detergents to the European Union's (EU) environment ministers.

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UN General Assembly Resolution Links Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Development [viewed]

UNWTO14 January 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/RES/69/233) recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity. The resolution, titled 'Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection,' calls on the UN to promote sustainable tourism as a tool for achieving global development goals.

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FAO Explores Bio-Based Packaging for Food and Drinks [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), during the preparatory meeting for the 56th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-Based Industries (ACSFI), discussed ongoing work on bio-based packaging for saving food and greening the food and drinks supply chain (FDSC).

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Event: CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 [viewed]

The Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will convene the Second Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG2) to the Raptors MoU.  

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Event: CBD Webinar: Conservation When Nothing Stands Still: Dryland Cases [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), presented by Joseph Bull of the Imperial College London, and targeted towards national focal points and other technical specialists, this webinar will focus on how to manage biodiversity that is dynamic and in motion (such as migratory species or habitats undergoing rapid change), and the policy relevance of this concept. It will be based on a peer-reviewed paper on this topic, 'Conservation when nothing stands still: moving targets and biodiversity offsets' (link available below).  

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