Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

World Customs and Trade Forum Highlights CITES' Use of Knowledge Management [viewed]

2011 World Customs and Trade Forum25 November 2011: Participants in the World Customs and Trade Forum discussed knowledge management and new ways to share and access information on customs policies and private sector practices, with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) contributing as a panel member on the effective use of knowledge and information management in CITES' work.

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Central Asian Countries Adopt Action Plan for Bukhara Deer Protection [viewed]

Bukhara Deer23 November 2011: At the first meeting of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Bukhara Deer, its Parties Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, committed to an Action Plan outlining increased efforts for protection of the deer and other species.

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Event: Land Day 5 [viewed]

The theme of Land Day 5 is "Achieving Zero Net Land Degradation: Impacts on Climate Change Issues." This "Day" will be convened in parallel to the Durban Climate Change Conference as part of the Rio Conventions Pavilion. Panel discussions will consider the following questions: can the world afford not to go land degradation neutral?; how will land degradation neutrality impact climate change issues such as adaptation, mitigation, and resilience building?; and potential contribution of ‘zero net land degradation target' in driving the synergy agenda at all levels: best practices and successful case studies. Organizers include the UNCCD Secretariat and ICRAF.  

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CBD Launches Online Discussion Forum on PoWIB [viewed]

CBD17 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited governments, organizations and experts to contribute their views and relevant information to an online discussion forum, aiming to facilitate input to the in-depth review (IDR) of implementation of the programme of work on island biodiversity (PoWIB) by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) at its 16th meeting, scheduled for April/May 2012.

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Event: 44th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee [viewed]

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention is the intersessional executive body that represents the COP between its triennial meetings, within the framework of the decisions made by the COP.  

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Event: CITES PC 20 [viewed]

The twentieth meeting of the Plants Committee (PC 20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address, among other issues, review of significant trade in Appendix II species specimens, proposals to amend the Appendices, and timber issues, including the progress report of the Working Group on the Bigleaf Mahogany and other neotropical timber species and a progress report on the joint CITES-ITTO timber programme.  

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Event: 31st Standing Committee Meeting of the Bern Convention [viewed]

The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats will address monitoring and implementation of legal aspects, institutional matters, monitoring of species and habitats, monitoring of specific sites and populations, and the strategic development of the Convention.  

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ITTC Approves Biennial Work Programme, Modest Budget Increase [viewed]

Chair Bilé Joachim Allogho bringing the 47th Session of ITTC to a close at 1:27 pm. 19 November 2011: The 47th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and meetings of its associated committees concluded with the adoption of a decision on the Biennial Work Programme 2012-2013, as well as the approval of funding for a series of projects, pre-projects and activities.

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Ramsar, CMS and AEWA Conduct Technical Mission in Moroccan Wetland [viewed]

Ramsar, CMS and AEWA Conduct Technical Mission in Moroccan Wetland17 November 2011: A technical assistance mission was undertaken in Rabat, Morocco, and the area of Saïdia, on the Ramsar Site “Embouchure de la Moulouya." It addressed concerns regarding the development of tourist facilities in the vicinity, which supports avifauna and high levels of biodiversity.

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Event: CBD African Workshop on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

The purpose of this Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is to address various issues that countries in the region may have encountered or will encounter while updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), with a focus on target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs. In addition, the workshop will focus specifically on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity as an important tool for biodiversity mainstreaming.  

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