Announcement / Statement

Romania Designates Four Ramsar Sites [viewed]

1 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 Romania has designated four new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. All four new sites are associated with the Danube River, and all are exceptionally important for waterbirds, according to Ramsar.

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FAO, OIE Urge Moratorium on Research Using Virus [viewed]

FAO23 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) are calling on countries to implement a moratorium on the use of the live rinderpest virus, as part of the post-eradication process.

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CBD Extends Online Forum on Biosafety Capacity Building [viewed]

CBD17 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the re-opening of an online forum on strategic approaches to capacity-building for biosafety and on the comprehensive review of the Capacity-building Action Plan under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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IPBES Announces Timeline for Intersessional Process [viewed]

June 2012: Following the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), participants agreed to an intersessional process to support both preparation for the first plenary meeting of the Platform, planned for early 2013, and development of the first IPBES work programme. The agreement came after the second session of the plenary meeting on an IPBES, held in Panama City, Panama, in April 2012.

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CROP Receives New Support for Regional Projects [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Council of the Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) has received a donation of US$500,000 from the Taiwan/ROC Regional Development Assistance Fund for 2011/2012, for the support and implementation of CROP agencies' regional projects. These projects address education and capacity building, regional aviation safety, fisheries, marine and water management, and the Smaller Island States (SIS) programmes.

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CBD Calls for Submissions on Customary Use of Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD20 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is asking Parties and stakeholders to submit their views and contributions regarding a new component to the work programme on traditional knowledge (Article 8(j)), which will focus on customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements (Article 10(c)).

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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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