Event: World Soil Day 2014 [viewed]

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2014 will focus on the theme 'Soils, foundation for family farming'.  

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World Parks Congress EcoHack Edition Develops Ideas to Enhance PA Management [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc21 November 2014: Participants at the Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK), Ecohack worked to develop ideas on three hacks related to protected areas (PAs). The EcoHack took place as part of a three-continent EcoHack relay launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures [viewed]

CITES20 November 2014: Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) fisheries organizations and national Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from 23 countries met to develop a new set of regional, harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch.

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PFII Report Says Many UN Indigenous Initiatives Remain “Institutionally Marginalized” [viewed]

Unpfii12 November 2014: A UN report on the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the need for greater participation by indigenous individuals and communities in UN projects and programmes relating to indigenous issues, and notes that many such initiatives, while valuable, remain “institutionally marginalized.” The report from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), titled 'Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Practices,' identifies examples of good practice from within the UN system during the lead-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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Event: Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine ABNJ [viewed]

This workshop aims to foster a dialogue on enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) through global, regional and national processes. The workshop is expected to result in a synthesis on the current state of knowledge on global and regional processes that can be used to improve sustainable use of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, and address areas of uncertainty as a result of a weak knowledge base on fisheries and biodiversity. Participants will assess knowledge; global, regional and national efforts; and available capacity on fisheries and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, with the aim of identifying gaps and capacity needs. The workshop will also share lessons learned and emerging trends in development, management and research on ABNJ from around the world and establish cross-sectoral linkages for improved information sharing on ABNJ. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum are organizing the workshop, in collaboration with other partners.  

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FAO NWFP Update Focuses on Foraging [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) issued a Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) 'Update' focusing on the foraging of plants both within and outside of forests.

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GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released [viewed]

DESANovember 2014: A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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World Bank Approves Project to Improve Conservation of Biodiversity and Enhance Livelihoods in Mozambique [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2014: The World Bank has approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the implementation of Mozambique's Conservation Areas (CAs) for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.

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