Cooperation & Partnerships

International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection [viewed]

UNESCO IOC21 November 2014: The Second International Ocean Research Conference has concluded with over 600 scientists from 70 countries calling for improved ocean protection and recommending an inclusive concept of ocean research to address challenges such as over-exploitation of marine resources and biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and harmful algae blooms.

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Policy Update #2: CMS COP11 Shines Spotlight on Conservation in Central Asia [viewed]

One of the important outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) was the adoption of the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI), an innovative and comprehensive framework for the conservation of 15 species of Central Asian mammals, including the iconic and threatened snow leopard, argali sheep, saiga antelope, Asiatic wild ass and the Asiatic cheetah.[1]

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INTERPOL Meetings Developing a United Message on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol27 November 2014: A series of INTERPOL Environmental Crime Working Group meetings have focused on developing a joint international strategy to address a broad range of wildlife, forest and pollution-related crime.

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Workshop in Colombia Addresses Implementation of CITES Shark Measures [viewed]

CITES27 November 2014: A workshop on the implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) measures regulating international trade in five shark species brought together more than 60 representatives from CITES authorities and fisheries agencies, customs officials, and other experts, representing over 20 countries.

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Federation of Mountain Protected Areas to Facilitate Management [viewed]

Mountain Partnership26 November 2014: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR presented the Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA), a global alliance of mountain protected areas (PAs), at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The FMPA will provide a platform to share information, experiences and best practices to facilitate the management of mountain PAs.

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Bioversity International, Embrapa Sign MoU to Advance Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

embrapa-bioversity24 November 2014: Bioversity International and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation on the role of agricultural biodiversity in developing sustainable food systems.

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ICRAF Partners with Clarins in China [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)24 November 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) announced its third public-private partnership of 2014, joining the French company Clarins to support agroforestry in China. The partnership will provide training for small-scale farmers to produce sustainable supplies of plants for beauty products.

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Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress [viewed]

SPREP19 November 2014: Participants discussed threats to Pacific ecosystems and species, showcased efforts to conserve and manage biodiversity through marine protected areas (MPAs) and agreed on collaborative action during a series of Pacific-focused events that took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

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Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures [viewed]

CITES20 November 2014: Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) fisheries organizations and national Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from 23 countries met to develop a new set of regional, harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch.

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PFII Report Says Many UN Indigenous Initiatives Remain “Institutionally Marginalized” [viewed]

Unpfii12 November 2014: A UN report on the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the need for greater participation by indigenous individuals and communities in UN projects and programmes relating to indigenous issues, and notes that many such initiatives, while valuable, remain “institutionally marginalized.” The report from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), titled 'Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Practices,' identifies examples of good practice from within the UN system during the lead-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

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