Cooperation & Partnerships

Atlantic Seamount First Addition to CBD EBSAs Repository [viewed]

CBD17 February 2012: The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean, has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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Event: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 11th Session [viewed]

The 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will convene in New York from 7-18 May 2012, will consider the special theme of "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)".  

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ACTO Countries Explore Possible Cooperation to Combat Illegal Timber Harvesting [viewed]

ACTO16 February 2012: The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) held a workshop on the control of illegal harvesting of Amazon timber through origin and traceability mechanisms. Participants discussed current national strategies to curb illegal logging in Amazonian forests and promote legally harvested timber, legal regimes in place or planned in each country, and national research on the subject. They also discussed plans for regional cooperation under the ACTO umbrella.

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First Eco-Audit Finds Insufficient Protection of Mesoamerican Reef [viewed]

7 February 2012: A first-ever eco-audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) system off the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico has found that, despite some positive steps, much more needs to be done to protect Latin America's largest reef system. 

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Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge Elects President [viewed]

13 February 2012: The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) regional platform has elected Wills Agricole of Seychelles as its President. The WIO-CC aims to mobilize countries to come together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including by responding to the threat posed by climate change over the next 20 years. Focused on marine and coastal zones, the Challenge is set to build on efforts of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and Nairobi Convention.

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Tiger Range States Agree to Tighter Controls, Increased Cross-Border Cooperation [viewed]

14 February 2012: At an international seminar on tiger crime, police and customs heads from 13 tiger range countries agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border cooperation to curb the illegal smuggling of tigers and other critically endangered species. The agreement addressed cross-border action points, opportunities and cooperation strategies.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Discuss FME 18, Rio+20, Amazon Agenda [viewed]

3 February 2012: The environment ministers of the eight Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries met informally during the 18th session of the Forum of Environment Ministers (FME 18) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to discuss common stances on the Forum and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), as well as to prepare for the upcoming Meeting of ACTO Environment Ministers on Rio+20 and the Amazon Cooperation Strategic Agenda (AECA).

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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CITES to Collaborate on Innovative Financing for Conservation [viewed]

CITES9 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Innovative Finance, a Swiss foundation dedicated to financial innovation for social impact, have announced a collaboration to develop new revenue streams for conservation projects, through a portfolio of financing activities with industry and financial partners.

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