Announcement / Statement

FAO, OIE Unveil Global Strategy for Controlling Foot-and-Mouth Disease [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have presented a new Global Strategy to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The Global Strategy aims to decrease the number of disease outbreaks in infected countries until they attain FMD-free status, and to maintain the official FMD-free status of countries that are already FMD-free.

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UNCCD Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lead Institution/Consortium to Organize 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for expressions of interest in organizing the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will take place in 2014 under the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

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EFSA Launches Public Consultations on Risk Assessment of GM Animals [viewed]

EFSA21 June 2012: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on the draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals.

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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EU MarBEF Demonstrates Importance of Cultural Views in Conservation Policy [viewed]

21 June 2012: A study by the EU's MarBEF network (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence) finds that, while the European public is willing to pay for biodiversity conservation, its preferences regarding conservation of specific species vary with cultural and regional associations, including the impact of a species' "charisma." The study assessed the willingness-to-pay of 1502 participants to determine how they value mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates and algae.

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ITTO Awards 28 Fellowships in Sustainable Tropical Forestry [viewed]

26 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 28 fellowships to promote human resource development and strengthen professional expertise in tropical forestry. The fellowships support recipients to pursue training courses in tropical forest management, graduate-level research, internships and attendance of international conferences and symposia, among other activities.

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Denmark Designates Three Ramsar Sites in Faroe Islands [viewed]

23 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Denmark has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance in the Faroe Islands.

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Maldives Announces Plans to Declare Country a Marine Reserve [viewed]

21 June 2012: During the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Mohamed Waheed, President of the Republic of Maldives, announced plans for his country to be declared a marine reserve.

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Mexico Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Mexico has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this party to 138 Ramsar Sites.

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