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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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CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CITES14 May 2012: Asian countries recently discussed the development and use of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's (CITES) e-permitting systems, and e-permitting's role in promoting legal, sustainable and traceable international trade in CITES-listed species.

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France and Slovak Republic Sign Raptors MOU [viewed]

14 May 2012: France and the Slovak Republic have signed the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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Migratory Bird Day Celebrates Birds' Cultural Roles [viewed]

13 May 2012: Events took place around the world to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), initiated in 2006 as a global campaign to raise awareness of the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. Between 12-13 May, bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions were held to celebrate WMBD 2012.

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CMS Publication "Living Planet" Now Available in French and Spanish [viewed]

11 May 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released French and Spanish versions of “Living Planet: Connected Planet." The publication highlights the importance of ecological networks for migratory animals.

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IOSEA E-News Highlights Turtle Release, Capacity-Building Programmes [viewed]

IOSEAMay 2012: The May issue of  the Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) e-newsletter reports on turtle releases in Eritrea and capacity-building in Myanmar.

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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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Guest Article #13: Establishment of IPBES: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy [viewed]

After several years of international negotiations, 21 April 2012 saw the establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The creation of IPBES is a great victory for biodiversity. It opens a window of opportunity to strengthen decision making related to biodiversity across a broad range of areas, providing greater scientific input into decisions that affect biodiversity across the globe.

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UNEP WCMC Issues Report on Reporting Synergies among Biodiversity Conventions [viewed]

1 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with support from Finland's Ministry of Environment, has released a report on synergies in national reporting in the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The report offers guidance to the governing bodies of biodiversity-related MEAs, as well as the UNEP Governing Council, the international environmental governance (IEG) reform process and MEA-related processes.

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