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  1. Interactive Website ProtectedPlanet.net Uses ‘Citizen Science’ to Boost Global Interest in Protected Areas

    19/10/2010

    Moving from the breathtaking fjords of western Norway to Australia’s only active volcanoes, touring 150,000 of the world’s protected areas from an armchair is now possible with the click of a mouse.

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to create protectedplanet.net – an interactive, social media-based website that provides in-depth information on both the leading lights and hidden gems of the conservation world.

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  2. Curbing Climate Change and Boosting Biodiversity — Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck Under a REDD+ Regime

    18/10/2010

    UNEP-WCMC, with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the UN-REDD Programme, has launched four new country reports highlighting how spatial analysis can help to identify areas where carbon management activities could secure additional benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services. New maps have been developed for Cambodia, Jiangxi Province in China, Ecuador and Nigeria in collaboration with national partners.
     

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  3. International Indigenous People’s Day highlights project involving UNEP-WCMC and the biodiversity conservation role of indigenous peoples

    9/8/2010

    UNEP-WCMC has been working with partners at UNDP and the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas Consortium since 2008 to increase awareness of the role of indigenous and local people in the conservation of biodiversity. As part of its contribution, UNEP-WCMC has been leading on the development of an ICCA Registry to host information, maps and case studies about ICCAs. National-level analyses are being developed as a means to inform global policies and decisions.

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  4. World Atlas on Mangroves: Publication Announcement

    24/7/2010

    UNEP-WCMC has participated in an unprecedented partnership of organisations – from forestry and conservation sectors and from across the United Nations - to contribute to a new and comprehensive global assessment of the state of the world’s mangroves. The full colour World Atlas on Mangroves illustrates the extraordinary synergies between people and mangrove forests and contains detailed maps, photos and illustrations, and comprehensive country-by-country assessments of mangroves. The World Atlas on Mangrove was launched on July 14th 2010. For more information please see the press release and World Atlas on Mangrove Flyer.

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  5. CSG African Crocodile Survey Database

    23/7/2010

    The Beta version of the Crocodile Specialist Group's crocsurveys.net – also known as the African Crocodile Survey Database has been launched, and can be accessed at www.crocsurveys.net.

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  6. Are you a green leader? Business and biodiversity making the case for a lasting solution

    13/7/2010

    Produced jointly between UNEP-WCMC and UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, this document reviews the business case for biodiversity; provides an overview of impacts by sector and highlights existing and potential opportunities for companies. The document covers a wide range of sectors and complements existing and ongoing work on business and biodiversity. Are you a Green Leader? is available as an executive summary as well as the full publication.

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  7. UNEP-WCMC Signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

    4/6/2010

    Ramsar Convention Secretary General Anada Tiéga and Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP-WCMC, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the Ramsar offices in Gland, Switzerland, on 4 June 2010. The purpose of the agreement is to establish a framework for collaboration to further common goals, including the mobilization of UNEP-WCMC’s technical and capacity-building expertise for an improved implementation of the Ramsar Convention. Jon Hutton declared that UNEP-WCMC is proud to provide support to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, building on a long history of cooperation between the two institutions.

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  8. Convention on Biological Diversity’s SBSTTA concluded in Nairobi

    21/5/2010

    On 21 May 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) concluded its 14th meeting at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), in which UNEP-WCMC was substantially involved, the meeting also benefited from other inputs from UNEP-WCMC, including reports on the biodiversity implications of ocean acidification and ocean fertilization. SBSTTA adopted 19 documents, containing recommendations for the Conference of the Parties, which will meet in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.

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  9. Third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook Launched Today!

    10/5/2010

    The 10th May 2010 saw the launch of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3). This much anticipated flagship publication of the CBD is the product of close collaboration between the Secretariat of the CBD and the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The Outlook, an assessment of the current state of biodiversity, is being launched simultaneously in a multitude of cities across the globe. UNEP-WCMC, with our partner the Zoological Society of London, is co-ordinating the UK launch.

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  10. Launch of new website: Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services: exploring co-benefits

    5/5/2010

    UNEP-WCMC, with support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), has launched a new website highlighting the potential for actions on reducing emissions from land use change to secure additional important benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services (co-benefits). The website demonstrates the utility of spatial analyses to assist decision makers in identifying areas where high carbon, high biodiversity priority, and ecosystem service values overlap, which represent opportunities for securing co-benefits. It showcases UNEP-WCMC’s recent work with in-country partners on developing such analyses and includes an interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore the spatial relationships between carbon and co-benefits.

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