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UNEP, Partners Establish Tana Basin Coordination and Information Platform [viewed]

UNEP25 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the formation of the Tana Basin Coordination and Information Platform, which it says will focus on promoting the sustainable allocation of the Kenyan river's resources. The Tana Basin covers approximately 20% of Kenya's total land area, supplies 32% of drinking water nationally, and is the country's only source of hydroelectric power.

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ICCWC Launches Toolkit on Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

25 July 2012: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has launched the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit, which will allow countries to collect and analyze available data, gather evidence, prepare and preserve the wildlife and forest crime scene, and identify suspects. 

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CITES/UNEP-WCMC Study Highlights Trends in Trade of Appendix II Species [viewed]

EU-UNEP-WCMC-CITES23 July 2012: A new report finds that international trade in wildlife contributes substantially to the livelihoods of the rural poor, and indigenous and local communities (ILCs). The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) commissioned the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) to analyze trade trends in protected species and prepare the report, which covers species listed in CITES Appendix II from 1996-2010.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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CITES Improves Virtual Course for Customs Officials [viewed]

CITES19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an updated and improved version of the course for customs officials is now available through the CITES Virtual College. The course is designed to assist officials in identifying and processing specimens of CITES-listed species.

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CAFF to Cooperate With AEWA, Ramsar on Arctic Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

16 July 2012: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group signed two Resolutions of Cooperation (ROCs) - with the Secretariat of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) - to create awareness and enhance capacity for understanding change in Arctic biodiversity.

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UNEP Delivers Recommendations for Environmental Legacy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games [viewed]

12 July 2012: To guide the Government of the Russian Federation and the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in taking environmental considerations into their preparations and staging, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) delivered recommendations to Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy, including on restoring fisheries in the Mzymta River, extending national park protection, and developing an information and monitoring system for the environment.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Rio+20, Progress on High Andean Flamingos and Saiga Protection [viewed]

June 2012: The May/June issue of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin features an editorial by Bert Lenten, CMS Officer in Charge, on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noting that the outcome recognizes the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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CITES Report Finds Increased Elephant Poaching, Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES21 June 2012: A report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) highlights that elephant poaching is at record levels in a decade, as are ivory seizures since 1989. The report stresses the need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan.

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