CMS COP11 Opens with High-Level Segment [viewed]

CMS3 November 2014: The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened in Quito, Ecuador, with a High-Level Ministerial Panel on 'Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife.'

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TTM Report Discusses Market Impacts of Ebola [viewed]

Itto31 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-31 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the current debate over whether insurance for the risk of natural disasters will cover timber market disruptions caused by the Ebola outbreak.

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URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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CBFP Partners Discuss Forest Protection, Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

cbfp23 October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the report of its fourteenth partners meeting, which highlights opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable land use practices under changing climatic conditions in the Congo Basin.

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Event: Consultation on the ITPGR Global Information System [viewed]

This International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Consultation will be organized back-to-back with the XXIII International Plant and Animal Genome Conference and will be followed, on 9 January 2015, by a series of meetings and presentations under the umbrella of the DivSeek Initiative. Its objectives are, among others, to conduct a review of on-going relevant initiatives, identify gaps in the existing information systems and recognize best practices and methodologies for managing information on a global scale.  

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Guest Article #26: Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. At that time, the imperative of those whaling nations was wholly commercial, but nevertheless, they acknowledged the importance of conservation as well as regulation, when they created the Convention that continues to underpin the work of the IWC today.

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GEF and LDCF/SCCF Councils Approve Work Programs Worth Over US$200 Million [viewed]

GEF4730 October 2014: The 47th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved, among other decisions, a Work Program that consists of 15 project concepts, with total resources equal to US$190.74 million.

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Sharks High on the Agenda at CMS COP11 [viewed]

CMS31 October 2014: In the run up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), the CMS Secretariat published an editorial highlighting the urgent need for global protection of sharks, noting that the shark-diving industry can be worth more than the shark-fishing industry.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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