Announcement / Statement

IPBES Releases List of Members [viewed]

3 September 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the list of members as of 1 September 2012. 

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Czech Republic Designates Two Nature Reserves as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

3 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Czech Republic has designated two new wetlands, bringing the total number of Ramsar sites for this country to 14.

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Bled Strategic Forum Provides Platform to Discuss Global Challenges [viewed]

2 September 2012: The Seventh Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), held from 1-3 September 2012, in Bled, Slovenia, addressed issues including the financial crises, the Arab revolutions, China and EU challenges. Speaking during the Forum, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, discussed the challenges that limited resources – water, land, energy, oceans, raw materials, biodiversity and ecosystems – pose to the globe and the EU.

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade Appointed First Ocean Commissioner [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced the appointment of Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), as the inaugural Ocean Commissioner. Slade's appointment seeks to provide the Pacific community with a high-level spokesperson to spearhead the Pacific Oceanscape initiative.

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OIE Launches Updated World Animal Health Information System [viewed]

27 August 2012: The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has launched an updated and expanded version of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), including a new section on wildlife disease notification. The new section allows members to enter complementary data on OIE-listed diseases of wild animal species, and to provide information on non-listed diseases.

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GLISPA Launches Online Survey [viewed]

GLIPSA27 August 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has launched an online survey on progress towards its mission. Survey questions address stakeholder opinions of GLISPA's: importance as a mechanism to promote action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods; support to partner commitments such as the Micronesia Challenge and the Caribbean Challenge; and responsiveness to partners' needs and aspirations. 

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Bahrain Joins CITES as 176th Member State [viewed]

4 September 2012:  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has announced that Bahrain has ratified CITES and thus become its 176th Party. Bahrain is home to over 40 species listed in the CITES Appendices.

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EU, Norway Harmonize Control Measures for Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

29 August 2012: The EU and Norway have agreed to work together to harmonize technical and control measures for their fisheries in order to ensure fish stock sustainability, according to a European Commission (EC) press release. The rules ban discarding fish, requiring all catches in certain species to be landed.

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France Designates Low-lying Island in Mozambique Channel as Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, a low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters.

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Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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