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Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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World Bank, GEF Support Land and Water Management in Sudan [viewed]

World Bank - GEF18 December 2013: The World Bank and Government of Sudan have signed a $7.74 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support integrated landscape management for sustainable livelihoods.

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Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues [viewed]

cbfpDecember 2013: The 18th meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group, established under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), gathered representatives of Central African countries to review activities related to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), prepare for the second plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) and adopt the Working Group's 2014 roadmap.

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Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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Gaborone Signatories Agree to Further Efforts on Valuing Natural Capital [viewed]

waves6 November 2013: Eight of the ten countries signatory to the Gaborone Declaration - Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania - recently attended a two-day meeting to discuss their experiences with valuing and managing natural capital. 

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GEF Invests in Coastal Watershed Management in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank21 November 2013: The World Bank has announced a US$39.5 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to protect coastal watersheds in Mexico. The announcement follows a 13 November 2013 National Dialogue in Mexico City to identify and align best practices with national funding priorities. The project is intended to support local communities' efforts to address deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss adjacent to protected areas, including through payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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CITES Rhino Task Force Discusses Strategies to Address Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC31 October 2013: A meeting hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force and partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) discussed ways to stop the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, with a focus on the crime-trade chain.

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Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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