Cooperation & Partnerships

CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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Mexico, OAS Launch Project to Help Caribbean Reefs and Coastal Management [viewed]

OAS18 October 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico announced joint implementation of a project aiming to improve the capacity of Caribbean countries to value and measure ecosystem services of coral reefs and to strengthen coastal zone management systems.

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Brazil Joins GBIF as Associate Participant [viewed]

30 October 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) annnounced that Brazil has joined GBIF. 

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ICCA Newsletter Focuses on Activities in Philippines, Madagascar and Panama [viewed]

October 2012: The Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs) Forum published its September 2012 newsletter, focusing on ongoing work and events hosted by ICCA. It includes articles on: the First National Conference on ICCAs in the Philippines; ICCA activities on sustainable management of natural resources in Madagascar; and a workshop in Panama on connecting indigenous and scientific knowledge systems.

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SPREP, CBD to Cooperate on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat.

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GBIF Publishes New Guide for Creating National Species Checklists [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has released a report providing guidance for policy and procedures relating to accessing and capturing information for national species checklists.

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Event: Second Signatory States Meeting of the Dugong MoU [viewed]

The Second Signatory States Meeting (SS2) of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs (Dugong dugon) and their Habitats throughout their Range will meet in Manila, Philippines.  

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CITES Releases Working Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES22 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published working documents on: potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committee; CITES and livelihoods; cheetah; rhino; and sharks and stingrays. The documents are released in preparation for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP 16), which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2013.

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UNWTO Convenes Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Development [viewed]

19 October 2012: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Government of Tanzania, convened the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, from 15-18 October, in Arusha, Tanzania. Attended by tourism ministers, representatives of the private sector, and conservation officials, the Conference adopted the Arusha Declaration.

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CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization.

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