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EU Launches B4Life Initiative [viewed]

European Union 22 May 2014: The EU has launched Biodiversity for Life (B4Life), a EuropeAid's flagship initiative meant to forge cross-sector partnerships to tackle biodiversity-related issues. In its purview, B4Life will include projects that increase monitoring and information sharing in the fight against wildlife crime. 

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OECD Launches Website on Pesticide Risks to Pollinators [viewed]

OECD_NEW24 April 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a website on Managing Pesticide Risk to Insect Pollinators. The website is intended to provide a central location for information on regulatory approaches taken by OECD countries to mitigate the risk of pesticides to pollinators.

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GEF Announces Program to Enhance Food Security and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a US$120 million program meant to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa through scaling-up practices for improved crop and livestock productivity, and increased production system resilience.

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Guest Article #22: The Promises of Benefit-sharing [viewed]

It is no secret that benefit-sharing has been significantly developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a legal tool to operationalize equity among and within States. What has largely passed under the radar, however, is that the idea of benefit-sharing is increasingly being taken up in a number of other international legal developments related to natural resources, human rights and corporate accountability.

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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UNODC Announces Programme to Combat Forest and Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNODC13 May 2014: On the margins of the twenty-third session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Yuri Fedotov, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director, hosted a special event on the theme 'Global Community United to Address Wildlife and Forest Crime.' The event featured a demonstration of a canine search for wildlife by Austrian Customs and an exhibit of seized wildlife products.

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Bioversity International Supports the Sustainable Use of Cocoa Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 May 2014: Through a joint project with the private sector, Bioversity International has developed a comprehensive database and biodiversity assessment and training tools to support the conservation and sustainable use of cocoa biodiversity in Ghana. Ghana is the third largest exporter of cocoa in the world.

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ICCWC Portal Supports Fight against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

ICCWC12 May 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has launched a web portal to support capacity-building through improved access to information. The portal provides information on the ICCWC tools available to national enforcement agencies and regional enforcement networks for addressing poaching and illicit trade in wildlife and forest products. 

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Partnerships in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo8 May 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) April 2014 Newsletter describes new and ongoing activities in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan, as well as efforts to safeguard ICARDA's genebank, which has been under threat due to civil conflict in Syria.

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CMS Issues Questionnaires on Enhancing Effectiveness of Biodiversity-related Conventions [viewed]

CMS30 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited CMS National Focal Points to support a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project aimed at improving coherence and synergy in the implementation of global biodiversity-related conventions.  

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