National Action

Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CITES14 May 2012: Asian countries recently discussed the development and use of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's (CITES) e-permitting systems, and e-permitting's role in promoting legal, sustainable and traceable international trade in CITES-listed species.

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France and Slovak Republic Sign Raptors MOU [viewed]

14 May 2012: France and the Slovak Republic have signed the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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CITES Awards Commendation for Wildlife Trade Enforcement [viewed]

John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, and Yin Hong, State Forestry Administration9 May 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China, coordinated by the CITES Management Authority of China. The award comes in recognition of two nationwide wildlife law enforcement operations carried out earlier this year.

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SPREP Announces Biodiversity Project for Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP3 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the inception of a US$1.7 million project on the conservation of biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project activities will use an ecosystem-based management approach, emphasizing the connectivity between systems including the land, sea and people.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Land Management in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$18 million credit and US$4.4 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to provide funding for a programme in Moldova aimed at supporting the competitiveness of the agro-food sector.

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World Bank Reports Results of Mercury Decontamination in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank30 April 2012: The World Bank and the Government of Kazakhstan have reported on success in cleaning up contaminated mercury sites through an initiative to reduce mercury contamination in industrial sites and the Nura's riverbanks and flood plains.

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Seychelles Fourth Country to Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 April 2012, Seychelles became the fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Island Conservation Retreat, Endorsement of Palau's Water Policy [viewed]

1 May 2012: The May 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: the outcomes of the 15th Micronesian Island Conservation (MIC) Retreat; and the endorsement of Palau's first National Water Policy by its President, Johnson Toribiong.

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