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UNWTO Committee to Address Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

UNWTO27 February 2014: The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), appointed by the UNWTO General Assembly in August 2013, has concluded its first meeting and defined its four-year Action Plan.

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Event: Cities Biodiversity Summit [viewed]

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

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CIFOR Discusses International Debate on African Cherry [viewed]

CIFOR26 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of Prunus africana (African cherry), detailing the threats facing the continued health of the species.

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INTERPOL Releases Report Addressing Law Enforcement on Ivory Trafficking and Poaching [viewed]

INTERPOL25 February 2014: INTERPOL has released a report, titled 'Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trafficking in East Africa: Assessment for an effective law enforcement response,' which emphasizes the need for greater information sharing to enable more proactive and effective law enforcement against trafficking syndicates. 

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FAO Releases Catalogue of Indian Ocean Deep-Sea Sharks [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a catalogue of deep-sea sharks of the Indian Ocean, with accounts from all orders, families and genera found in the region.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management [viewed]

In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.  

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Event: World Wildlife Day [viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the UN system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. The first celebration of this annual event will be celebrated on 3 March 2014. Twitter: #WorldWildlifeDay  

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World Wildlife Day Website Launched [viewed]

wildlifeday21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced the launch of the website developed for the occasion of World Wildlife Day. 

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