Announcement / Statement

Sri Lanka Signs UNEP/CMS Dugong MOU [viewed]

31 January 2012: Sri Lanka has announced its support for the conservation of dugongs by signing the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU).

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UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy [viewed]

UNEP30 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a draft of its Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2014-2017 to organizations accredited to UNEP. The MTS is intended to guide the work of UNEP for the four-year period and provide a framework for measuring progress, achievements and results.

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Kazakhstan Designates River Delta as Ninth Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Kazakhstan has designated, as its ninth Wetland of International Importance, the Ili River Delta and South Lake Balkhash, located in the southern part of the country amid the Sary-Esik-Otrau and Taukum desert areas.

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France Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated two Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar Sites to 38.

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CBD Invites Second Peer Review of Draft Studies on Climate-Related Geo-Engineering [viewed]

CBD24 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to participate in the second peer review of the draft study on the impacts of climate-related geo-engineering on biodiversity, and on the draft study on the regulatory framework of climate-related geo-engineering relevant to the CBD.

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CBD Secretariat Initiates Preparations for SBSTTA 16 [viewed]

CBD23 January 2012: In preparation for the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat has circulated the meeting's provisional agenda and encouraged parties and stakeholders to review the background documents.

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ITPGR Launches New Website [viewed]

18 January 2012: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched a new website that offers a single, one-stop access point to information on plant genetic resources.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2012 to Highlight "Migratory Birds and People" [viewed]

23 January 2012: The World Migratory Bird Day Team at the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) announced that the 2012 Day, to be celebrated on 12-13 May, will have the theme "Migratory Birds and People - together through time." 

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US Appeals Tuna-Dolphin Decision at WTO [viewed]

20 January 2012: The World Trade Organization (WTO) was informed by the United States that it will appeal the results of the new round of disputes on the WTO's "Tuna-Dolphin" case. The WTO's panel report had found that the US' provisions on dolphin-safe labeling of tuna were more trade-restrictive than necessary, and that Mexico had provided a less-restrictive alternative also capable of dolphin protection and informing consumers.

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Estonia Designates Three Mire Complexes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated three mire complexes as new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to 16.

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