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2015 WWD Gets 'Serious About Wildlife Crime'[viewed]

Convening under the theme, 'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime,' this year's World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated globally on 3 March 2015.

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AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation[viewed]

A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address biodiversity decline and progress towards the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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Event: Threats to Sustainability of the Forest Sector Workforce[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section are convening the workshop in order to explore options for green jobs in the forest sector.

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UK Government Responds to EAC Review, Clarifies Positions on Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The UK Government published a response to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) report on recommended actions and support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its responses, the Government explains and reiterates its position on the proposed SDGs, also addressing: natural capital accounts; climate change and the SDGs; energy subsidies; poverty and trade; air pollution; resource efficiency and the circular economy; forest indicators; biodiversity funding and support for marine protected areas (MPAs); and education and youth engagement in the SDGs.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February[viewed]

In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future.

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Event: Informal Consultation on the Elaboration of the UNFF11 Ministerial Declaration on the IAF[viewed]

Following the second meeting of the Open Ended Ad hoc Expert Group (AHEG2) that considered recommendations and elements of a Ministerial Declaration on the future of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), the bureau of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) is convening an informal consultation to engage Member States ahead of UNFF11.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014 and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin[viewed]

The Commission des ForĂȘts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives.

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