Cooperation & Partnerships

“Small Islands, Big Difference” Campaign Launched at SBSTTA 16 [viewed]

22 May 2012:  The NGO Island Conservation has launched a global campaign called “Small Islands, Big Difference.” The campaign aims to prevent the extinction of vulnerable native species and support human livelihoods on islands by removing invasive alien vertebrates. Island Conservation hopes the campaign will increase financial support for island nations and nations with islands to eradicate invasive alien species. The campaign was launched in Montreal, Canada, in May 2012.

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InforMEA Expands to Include New Tools and Members [viewed]

24 May 2012:  The Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA), which was launched in 2011, has expanded its platform to include new tools as well as new members.

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CAN Considers Coordinated Effort Against Illegal Trade in Flora and Fauna [viewed]

23 May 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) recently held a workshop to discuss options and proposals for subregional coordination mechanisms to combat illegal traffic in species of wild Amazonian fauna and flora.

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ITTO, Chinese Academy of Forestry Collaborate on Sustainable Forestry Training [viewed]

21 May 2012: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Zhang Shougong, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on international forestry training for ITTO member countries.

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TB eNews Highlights Recent Transboundary Conservation Initiatives [viewed]

May 2012: In its latest issue, the newsletter of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group (IUCN TBC SG) highlights: the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area, a transboundary bicycle expedition, and transboundary conservation in North America, Europe and Africa.

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FAO Regional Conference Calls for 50% Reduction of Food Losses [viewed]

FAO18 May 2012: At the 31st Regional Conference for the Near East of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) member countries agreed to establish plans to halve food waste over the next 10 years to improve regional food security.

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AEWA MOP 5 Adopts 27 Resolutions [viewed]

20 May 2012: Delegates at the fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) discussed, among other things: implementation of the Agreement and Action Plan; international reviews; the International Implementation Tasks 2009-2016; the African-Eurasian Flyways Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project; and implementation and revision of the communication strategy.

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Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production [viewed]

FAO17 May 2012: During the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed US$66.7 million to implement Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) technical assistance projects in the areas of transfer of technology, sustainable natural resource management including for water and forests, sustainable crop production and capacity building, among others.

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PII Delivers Training Course on Managing Invasive Species [viewed]

16 May 2012: The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) has developed an intensive training course to support Pacific countries in managing the threat of invasive species. Countries with invasive species projects under the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program (GEF-PAS) are eligible for the training.

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FAO, International Partners Launch Peat and Climate Change Mitigation Initiative [viewed]

17 May 2012: Considering that peatlands drainage and peat fires contribute to almost a quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has worked with Wetlands International to develop an informal network of organizations committed to reducing emissions from peatlands.

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