Cooperation & Partnerships

SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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Africa Environment Day, Wangari Maathai Day, Calls for Rio+20 to Address Environmental Challenges [viewed]

3 March 2012: Africa Environment Day, now celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day in honour of the contributions of the late Nobel Laureate, on 3 March, aims to raise awareness of the objectives of sustainable environmental management among decision-makers at all levels. This year's celebration was held under the theme "Lake Chad: Our common heritage, our common future."

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Nominations Open for 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that nominations for the 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity are now open. Organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and CBD Secretariat with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity is a biennial international prize that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.

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SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. SPC and FFPRI will conduct collaborative research activities (CRAs) to identify and provide solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas.  

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Andean Community Examines Possible Cooperation Against Illegal Mining [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) held its first meeting on coordination regarding illegal mining, which provided an opportunity to share experiences on possible cooperation within the framework of the CAN to address this issue.

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CMS Participates in WCS/IUCN Cross River Gorilla Strategic Planning Workshop [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Agreements Officer, Melanie Virtue, participated in the Cross River Gorilla strategic planning workshop, which was organized by The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and held under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Primate Specialist Group.

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CITES Secretary-General Expresses Concern over Elephant Poaching in Cameroon [viewed]

CITES28 February 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has expressed concern over reports of the poaching of close to 450 elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon.

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SPC Launches Research and Development Project on Improved Crop Management [viewed]

SPC22 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a workshop that aimed to assist Pacific Island countries and territories in strengthening the production of valuable crops, through better management of pests and diseases.

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GLISPA Progress Update Highlights Rio+20 Plans [viewed]

February 2012: The Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) has released the February issue of its newsletter, titled "GLISPA Progress Update," which features articles on: the recent GLISPA Steering Committee meeting; the Caribbean Challenge Initiative; the Micronesia Challenge; the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge; GLISPA Plans for Rio+20; and the upcoming 2012 World Conservation Congress.

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World Bank President and Business Leaders Discuss Tiger Protection [viewed]

World Bank25 February 2012: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick met with world business leaders from Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia to brainstorm initiatives to promote biodiversity by saving the 3,200 remaining wild tigers in Asia from extinction.

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