Cooperation & Partnerships

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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Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted [viewed]

11 May 2012: The 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The new guidelines outline principles and practice for governments to refer to when making laws and policies on land, fisheries and forest rights. They aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.

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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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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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Event: CBD Capacity-Building Workshop for Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia for Implementation of PoWPA [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the PoWPA Friends Consortium and hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning of Serbia, this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA); access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the PoWPA on the themes of governance, climate change, sustainable financing, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas.  

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AfDB, FAO Working to Restore Rwandan Fishing Sector [viewed]

AfDB8 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated the Inland Lakes Integrated Development and Management Support Project (PAIGELAC) to assist in restoring and improving Rwanda's fisheries sector.

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CPF Launches Wangari Maathai Award [viewed]

Wangari Maathai Award9 May 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has launched a new award, in commemoration of Wangari Maathai. It will recognize individuals who work towards preserving, restoring and sustainably managing forests and communicating the role that forests play in rural livelihoods and the environment.

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CITES Awards Commendation for Wildlife Trade Enforcement [viewed]

John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, and Yin Hong, State Forestry Administration9 May 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China, coordinated by the CITES Management Authority of China. The award comes in recognition of two nationwide wildlife law enforcement operations carried out earlier this year.

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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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Event: First Meeting of ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) will advise the Secretary and Bureau of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on a number of issues. These issues include: identification of needs and opportunities to facilitate the sustainable use of PGRFA; development of a toolbox on sustainable use of PGRFA in order to assist Parties in the implementation of ITPGR Article 6; elaboration of a draft work programme on sustainable use of PGRFA, based on elements generated by stakeholder consultations; and cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the International Agricultural Research Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and other international processes and institutions in the field of sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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