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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas[viewed]

During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks[viewed]

The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves[viewed]

On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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USAID Research Explores Link between Devolving Rights to Local Levels and Forest Outcomes[viewed]

A study produced for the USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project examines the conditions under which devolution of forest management rights to local communities may result in improved forest condition, finding limited causal evidence that devolving rights to local communities alone results in improved outcomes.

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Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang[viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) opens today in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014.

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ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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IUFRO Releases Two 'Spotlights' on Forests[viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) released two 'Spotlights' in September, 2014. 'Spotlight #28 - American Indian Forestry: blending science and tradition' investigates indigenous approaches to forestry in the US, while 'Spotlight #27 - Genes the means to screen future forest scene' focuses on forest genetic resources.

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links[viewed]

The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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Event: The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forestry Sector[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an online conference to discuss the costs and benefits of various options for climate change mitigation in the forestry sector including REDD+, green building, and the promotion of bioenergy.

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