Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Biosafety COP/MOP 7 Report Released [viewed]

CBD17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the final report of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region [viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.  

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INTERPOL Launches Operation Infra-Terra [viewed]

interpol17 November 2014: INTERPOL has launched the first global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental crime, including wildlife crime.

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European Countries Discuss Next CITES Plants and Standing Committees [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES14 November 2014: Some 45 experts from 18 European countries met from 11-14 November, in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss plant-related issues and make recommendations for the next meetings of the Plants and Standing Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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ICCWC Guidelines on Ivory Released [viewed]

iccwc13 November 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the 'Guidelines on Methods and Procedures for Ivory Sampling and Laboratory Analysis' in support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) took the lead in developing the Guidelines with expert support.

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TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report [viewed]

TII Interim ReportNovember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making.

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Event: CITES AC28 [viewed]

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

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Event: CITES SC66 [viewed]

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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UNCCD, Ramsar Commit to Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

UNDCC - Ramsar Convention14 November 2014: During the "Planet Plenary" at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place in Sydney, Australia, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, announced a public commitment "to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children by stopping and reversing land degradation." Also during the plenary, Briggs indicated that Ramsar would launch a global partnership for wetlands restoration with the UNCCD in 2015.

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Event: CITES PC22 [viewed]

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

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