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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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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals[viewed]

“The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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Papua New Guinea Joins ITPGR[viewed]

Papua New Guinea deposited the instrument of accession to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) in February 2015, and will become a Party on 6 May 2015, bringing the number of ITPGR Parties to 135.

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GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste[viewed]

A project to help fishermen eliminate ghost nets and transition to sustainable fishing gear conducted by the Fishermen's Association of Rio Cacheu (APC) in Guinea Bissau, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, has contributed to the reduction of the use of illegal fishing nets in the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu River (PNTC). Also, the campaign ‘No plastic: A small gesture in our hands,' launched in the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve, São Tomé and Príncipe, in February 2014, has helped reduce plastic waste and promote access to drinking water.

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UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change[viewed]

Participants explored the scientific community's approaches to climate change, including its links to biodiversity, at the conference, ‘Assises du Vivant 2015 - Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities.' The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the conference in the run-up to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: World Wildlife Day 2015[viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.

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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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Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs).

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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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