Intergovernmental Organization

FAO, International Partners Launch Peat and Climate Change Mitigation Initiative [viewed]

17 May 2012: Considering that peatlands drainage and peat fires contribute to almost a quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has worked with Wetlands International to develop an informal network of organizations committed to reducing emissions from peatlands.

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African Workshop Prepares Position for AEWA MOP 5 [viewed]

15 May 2012: The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) African preparatory workshop to the fifth Meeting of the Parties to the AEWA (MOP 5) helped consolidate common positions on issues of relevance to Africa. The workshop included joint capacity building activities for AEWA and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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SPREP Announces Biodiversity Project for Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP3 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the inception of a US$1.7 million project on the conservation of biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project activities will use an ecosystem-based management approach, emphasizing the connectivity between systems including the land, sea and people.

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FAO, NEPAD Partnership to Boost Fisheries Development in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD-FAO25 April 2012: The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have implemented a collaborative partnership to boost fisheries development in Africa, in support of regional efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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SPREP Hosts Invasive Species Meeting in Kiribati [viewed]

27 March 2012: Management and control of invasive alien species in the Pacific Islands region was discussed at the Third Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) meeting, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, from 22-27 March 2012. Kirimati Island is the biggest nesting and breeding ground of Pacific seabirds, and one of the main port entries to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).

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IOTC Adopts Measures to Reduce Seabird Bycatch [viewed]

26 April 2012: The 16th meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) took place from 22-26 April 2012, in Fremantle, Australia, agreeing on measures to be implemented by longline vessels in the Indian Ocean, aimed at reducing seabird bycatch. According to BirdLife International, scientists estimate that longline fisheries are the primary reason that 17 of the world's 22 species of albatrosses are threatened with extinction.

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Event: 80th General Session of the World Assembly of the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) [viewed]

The 80th General Session of the OIE World Assembly will address, among other issues: the adoption of international standards regarding the safety of world trade in animals and animal products; the fight against animal diseases and zoonoses and improving the quality of veterinary services; and the elections of the Council, the Regional and Specialised Commissions. It also will discuss national and international experiences and roles in previous and future developments in the “One World, One Health” approach, and celebrate the OIE's 80th anniversary.  

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New Reports on Arctic Biodiversity Detail Trends Across Species [viewed]

23 April 2012: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council,  released three new reports on Arctic biodiversity during a conference on the "International Polar Year 2012: From Knowledge to Action." The reports highlight findings from the latest analysis of the Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI), which describes trends across species, taxonomy, ecosystems, regions and other categories.

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CIFOR Report Examines Gender, Tenure and Sustainable Forest Management in Uganda [viewed]

April 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report documenting how women have been able to participate in community forest decision making in Uganda in the context of a series of national efforts toward the devolution of forest rights.

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