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REPALEAC Adopts its New Strategic Plan and Road Map [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Republic of Congo and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) convened the third General Assembly of the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC).

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CITES Reveals New Logo Celebrating 40 Years of Convention [viewed]

January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced a new logo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Progress on Conservation of Albatrosses, Petrels, Argali and Cross-River Gorilla [viewed]

January 2013: The December-January issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights recent progress, including that four of the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (tRFMOS) have adopted seabird conservation measures that incorporate the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)'s best practice advice for pelagic long line fisheries.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on Harmony with Nature and International Mother Earth Day [viewed]

The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a thematic debate on Harmony with Nature on Earth Day, 22 April 2013. The concept note and draft programme are now available at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/. The date also was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a 2009 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution (A/63/L.69).  

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Event: GEF-UNEP-WRI-RA Steering Committee of the Project A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin [viewed]

The Steering Committee on the Global Environmental Facility, United Nations Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, and Rainforest Alliance (GEF-UNEP-WRI-RA) project on "A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin" will meet in Doala, Cameroon from 28-31 January 2013. The project is taking place with the support of The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI), Rainforest Alliance, alongside officials from government, national NGOs, the private sector and international development organizations across the Congo Basin.  

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FAO Releases Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras of the North Atlantic Catalogue [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a catalogue titled "Sharks, Batoids and Chimaeras of the North Atlantic," which presents a comprehensive and updated treatment of the identification, taxonomy, distribution, biology and ecology of the sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras of the North Atlantic, FAO Areas 21 and 27.

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IRENA, CMS and AEWA Call for Proposals on Renewable Energy and Migratory Species [viewed]

January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a call for proposals on "Renewable Energy Technologies Deployment and Migratory Species." 

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FAO Releases Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN), which reviews participants' focus on regional fishery body (RFB) financial structures, climate change, recreational fisheries, decision-making procedures within each RFB, the establishment of vulnerable marine ecosystems and child labour and other human rights issues in fisheries.

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Event: 14th SIPAM Annual Meeting [viewed]

In July 2008, the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM) was handed over to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Secretariat for its institutional function. The 14th SIPAM Annual Meeting will take place in Paris, France.  

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Loss of Species Threatens Human Survival, Reports EU News Update [viewed]

23 January 2013: The new "Science for Environment Policy-Thematic Issue on Biodiversity, Agriculture and Health," published by the European Commission, features two alerts highlighting how species extinction threatens human well-being.

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