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  1. UNEP-WCMC is supporting the development of poverty-biodiversity indicators and their eventual application by the CBD

    19/9/2012

    UNEP-WCMC is working to assess existing indicators that focus on the linkages between biodiversity and poverty, commissioned by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). With a range of collaborators - International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Nations University- Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) and a former WCMC staff – the team will propose a strategy for the development and use of such indicators. The review will suggest an initial suite of appropriate metrics that would speak to both conservation and development audiences.

    This technical work will underpin the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020), enabling biodiversity to become better mainstreamed across national and sub-national development efforts and all sectors of society.

    The findings of the review will be presented for the views of Parties to the Convention as an Information Document at the eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP 11) in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October 2012).

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  2. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Assessing the current state of the evidence

    13/9/2012

    Biodiversity is commonly assumed to be important for the livelihoods of poor people and thereby contribute to poverty alleviation – e.g. wild foods are consumed and sold, genetically diverse crops increase harvest and reduce the risk of harvest failure and charismatic species attract eco-tourists providing income to rural communities. However, we know surprisingly little about the scientific evidence demonstrating biodiversity-poverty linkages.

    The IIED and UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Poverty Partnership has recently embarked on a project to systematically map the existing evidence. This will enable us to identify gaps in the evidence, assess which components of biodiversity and expressions of poverty have been researched. It will also promote the mainstreaming of poverty issues into second generation National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) by providing national experts with a detailed overview of available information.

    This project is funded by the Ecosystem Service and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Evidence and Impact Research Grants scheme, with additional funding provided by UK aid from the UK Government.

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  3. UNEP-WCMC provides technical support to UNCCD Parties on impact indicators

    13/9/2012

    Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification have embarked on a new round of national reporting. For the first time, this will include reporting on the UNCCD impact indicators, which were piloted by eleven countries in 2011 (see project report). As part of the UNEP/GEF project “Support to GEF Eligible Parties for Alignment of National Action Programs and Reporting Process under UNCCD”, UNEP-WCMC will provide technical helpdesk support to UNCCD Parties on impact indicators and alignment of National Action Programmes (NAPs).

    The UNCCD impact indicators are assessing progress against the Conventions strategic objectives and are part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS).

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  4. Protected Planet Report 2012 launched at IUCN World Conservation Congress

    7/9/2012

    A new report on the world's national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas has been released today by UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and a number of partners. The Protected Planet Report 2012 measures progress against Aichi Target 11, a goal adopted two years ago by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which requires at least 17% of the world’s terrestrial areas and 10% of the world’s marine areas to be effectively and equitably protected and managed by 2020.

    The report underlines the successes of countries, communities and non-governmental organizations with respect to protected areas - today protected areas cover at least 12.7% of the world’s terrestrial areas and 1.6% of the world's marine areas. However, the report also highlights existing gaps in protection, for example half of the world’s most important sites for biodiversity are still unprotected. In addition, many protected areas face management, governance and financial challenges.

    The full report is available here.

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  5. Biodiversity and Economics of Conservation Conference

    3/9/2012

    UNEP-WCMC will play a key role in the Biodiversity and Economics of Conservation (BIOECON) Annual Conference on Resource Economics, Biodiversity Conservation and Development which is being held18 - 20 September in Cambridge. BIOECON is an interdisciplinary network aiming to advance economic theory and policy for biodiversity conservation. UNEP-WCMC is going to chair sessions on “PES Design and Implementation: New Insights and Approaches” and on "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)”. UNEP-WCMC will also contribute by giving a presentation titled “Towards a holistic assessment of national REDD+ options: Accounting for ecosystem service and biodiversity impacts”.

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  6. Online Reporting System for the Convention on Migratory Species family showcased at Ramsar COP 11

    10/7/2012

    On Monday 9 July 2012, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Family Online Reporting System (ORS) was showcased during an event organized by the UNEP/CMS and UNEP/AEWA Secretariats in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC in the margins of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Bucharest, Romania. Read more here.

     

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  7. New report launched: ‘Mapping potential biodiversity benefits from REDD+. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’

    5/7/2012

    A new report presenting selected results of spatial analyses to explore potential biodiversity benefits and risks from REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been launched in Kinshasa on 5 July 2012. The report is available in English and French. Read more here.

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  8. PARCC Climate Information Meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    29/6/2012

    In April this year, the first of five regional meetings organised within the framework of the PARCC West Africa project (‘Protected Areas Resilient to climate Change’) was held in Freetown Sierra Leone on the theme of Climate Information. It was co-organised by UNEP-WCMC and IUCN PAPACO and lead by the Met Office Hadley Centre.

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  9. Joint Press Release: Experts report highest elephant poaching and ivory smuggling rates in a decade

    22/6/2012

    Geneva, 21 June 2012 – Elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989, according to a report published today by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The findings, largely based on information submitted by governments, will be presented and discussed at the 62nd meeting of the CITES Standing Committee to be held in Geneva from 23 to 27 July 2012.

    The report analyses data from the CITES programme on Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE), IUCN’s data on the status of elephant populations, the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) managed by TRAFFIC, and the CITES trade database managed by the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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  10. UNEP-WCMC and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

    14/6/2012

    The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in which they agree a framework for future collaboration in support of the implementation of the Convention.

    Signed on 17 May 2012 in London by the Director of UNEP-WCMC, Mr. Jon Hutton and the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Mr. Luc Gnacagja, the MoC underscores the commitment of both organizations to sustainable development of the drylands.

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