Cooperation & Partnerships

Event: International Ocean Conference 2014 [viewed]

This event will focus on the theme 'Our Ocean'. The US Department of State will host the Conference, which will bring together individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international oceans and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives and demonstrate effective actions. The Conference will address the topics of Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution and Ocean Acidification.  

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Kenya and China Sign Bilateral Agreements on Environment [viewed]

kenya-china10 May 2014: The Governments of Kenya and China have signed fifteen agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance bilateral cooperation on the environment, agriculture, health, transport, culture and investment. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the agreement signings in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 May 2014.

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IPBES Interim MEP Report Calls for Improved Member Selection [viewed]

ipbes9 May 2014: The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), through Decision IPBES-2/2 (para 3), requested that the interim Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) prepare a report by June 2014, reflecting on “the lessons learned with regards to its functioning and how to improve it.” The report, now published, highlights nine lessons learned.

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CBD Secretariat Reports on CBD Administration from July to December 2013 [viewed]

CBDMay 2014: The 61st edition of the 'Biannual Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity' (CBD), covering the period from July to December 2013, has been made available online.

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Event: CMS Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is convening a 'Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia'. The meeting will develop a programme of work to be submitted for adoption at the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in November 2014. The Secretariat is also looking into the possibility of convening a COP11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for National Focal Points of central Asian Parties immediately afterwards, from the 26-28 September 2014.  

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Partnerships in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo8 May 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) April 2014 Newsletter describes new and ongoing activities in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan, as well as efforts to safeguard ICARDA's genebank, which has been under threat due to civil conflict in Syria.

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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CTI-CFF Agrees on Seascape Approach, Reviews MPA Nominations [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative28 April 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has reported on progress with regard to regional cooperation on ecosystem-based management and the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout April. CTI-CFF activities have included a regional workshop on seascapes and a review of MPAs nominated for admission to the Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS), which aims to promote connected, resilient and sustainably financed MPAs that conserve biodiversity and generate food and income for coastal communities.

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Event: CBD Workshops for East, South and Southeast Asia on South-South Cooperation and for Cities and Biodiversity [viewed]

These two workshops are organized in parallel by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with financial support from the government of China. The workshop on cities and biodiversity aims to provide participating local government representatives with an introduction to formulating local biodiversity strategies and action plans in line with the relevant national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), and will contribute to the work of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity. The South-South cooperation workshop on biodiversity for development aims to take stock of relevant scientific and technical cooperation initiatives and efforts in the region, to identify technical and scientific needs and opportunities for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to strengthen the capacity of developing countries in the region to implement the CBD multi-year action plan for South-South cooperation on biodiversity for development.  

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PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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