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CBD Secretariat Provides Update on Submission of Fifth National Reports [viewed]

CBD10 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued an update on the fifth national reports, which in accordance to COP Decision X/10, were to be submitted by 31 March 2014.

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CPF Calls for Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Award [viewed]

CFPApril 2014: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has announced the opening of nominations for the Wangari Maathai Award 2014. The award will be issued to an individual who has achieved success in the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests for the benefit of local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment.

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CMS Parties Discuss Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species [viewed]

CMS14 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported on a workshop at which national representatives and experts on climate change discussed a Programme of Work for CMS member States on combating the effects of climate change on migratory animals. 

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Bioversity International Examines Legal Frameworks for Fruit Tree Conservation in Central Asia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2014: In the report, 'Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: Policy options and challenges,' Bioversity International investigates the legal and policy frameworks affecting the conservation of horticultural and wild fruit species' genetic diversity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 

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FAO and ITTO Discuss PES in Tropical Forests [viewed]

ITTO FAO11 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) of Costa Rica convened a workshop on payments for environmental services (PES) aimed at building understanding of the importance of PES in tropical forests, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

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Event: World Oceans Day [viewed]

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

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Event: First Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

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African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings [viewed]

FAO CITES9 April 2014: The 'Regional Consultative Workshop on Capacity Assessments for the Implementation of New CITES Listings of Sharks and Manta Rays' brought together fisheries authorities from ten States and concluded with the adoption of the Casablanca Declaration. The Declaration presents a road map for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listings of sharks and manta rays that were adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) in March 2013. 

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UEBT Survey Says Consumers Want Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

UEBT8 April 2014: According to the 2014 Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer, while 87% of consumers surveyed worldwide want companies to adopt sourcing policies that respect biodiversity, only 27% of the top 100 beauty and personal care companies cite biodiversity on their websites or in their corporate sociability reports. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, highlighted that 84% of respondents place value on personally contributing to biodiversity conservation. 

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IMO Environment Committee Considers Ballast Water Systems, Ship Recycling Convention [viewed]

IMO10 April 2014: The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) granted Basic Approval to four, and Final Approval to two, ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances. The Committee also reviewed work under the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.

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