National Action

Ramsar Reports on Symposium for Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies [viewed]

14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the 2012 International Symposium for the Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies held in September, which aimed to evaluate the management plan for Gonggeomji and its possible designation as a Ramsar Site.

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CMS Standing Committee Reviews Activities Since COP 10 [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) convened on 7-8 November 2012,  to hear an update on activities undertaken by the CMS Secretariat since the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10), held in Bergen, Norway, in November in 2011. 

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Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Event Issues Call to Action [viewed]

11 November 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event, titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action,” in Washington, DC, US, on 8 November 2012. The event brought together ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it on the foreign policy and security agenda. 

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GWF Publishes Paper Discussing Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems in Australia [viewed]

Global Water ForumNovember 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF), affiliated with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), released a discussion paper outlining initiatives to protect freshwater ecosystems in Australia, including its signature of the UN Stockholm Declaration, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the World Charter for Nature and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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FAO Film Documents Seed Diversity and Climate Adaptation in Ethiopia [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a short film that documents the ways Ethiopian smallholder farmers recognize and use seed diversity in their local farming practices to build resilience into their fields.

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UNEP Highlights Outcomes Kenya National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy [viewed]

7 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in Kenya's National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy, part of Kenya's follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The dialogue discussed options for reducing deforestation in the ecosystems serving as Kenya's water towers.

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UNEP Publishes Book on Water and Land Management in the Tana Basin [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a book, titled “Securing Water and Land in the Tana Basin: A Resource Book for Water Managers and Practitioners” providing an overview of the Tana Basin in Kenya and discussing practical solutions to improve land and water security.

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CMS Working Group Discusses Family Manual and NFP E-Community Platform [viewed]

5 November 2012: The Working Group on the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Family Manual met to review progress made in developing the capacity building tools of CMS instruments. 

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CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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GWF Paper Highlights the Indigenous and Cultural Politics of Transboundary Water Governance [viewed]

Global Water Forum6 November 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has released a discussion paper on rescaling transboundary environmental governance by and for indigenous communities. The paper presents the case of the Coast Salish Aboriginal Council.

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