National Action

CEC Films Highlight Role of North America's Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

8 June 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) celebrated World Oceans Day by releasing a series of short films showing how the nearly 2,000 marine protected areas (MPAs) of Canada, Mexico and the US benefit both marine life and nearby communities.

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Event: Regional Workshop (Middle East and North Africa) on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - Regional Office of West Asia (UNEP-ROWA), the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, the League of Arab States, and the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, the Regional Workshop for the Middle East and North Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) will assist countries from the Middle East and North Africa in revising and updating their NBSAPs in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan. The workshop will focus on: target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs; and the use of biodiversity indicators to monitor biodiversity at national and regional levels in the context of monitoring progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  

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UNESCO Launches Appeal for Okapi Wildlife Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO4 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the NGO Fauna and Flora International launched an emergency appeal to support the staff and rebuild the headquarters of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Epulu, in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), after a raid by ivory poachers. The Reserve, which is a World Heritage Site, hosts the DRC's largest remaining population of forest elephants, as well as okapi and threatened species of primates and birds.

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UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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World Bank Issues Recommendations on Biosafety Regulation in Developing Countries [viewed]

World BankJune 2012: The World Bank released a report on the Status and Impact of Biosafety Regulation in Developing Economies since Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The report recommends that developing countries harmonize risk assessment requirements, and ensure that development priorities such as agricultural productivity, food security and rural development are considered in biosafety decision-making along with environmental concerns.

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Voluntary Commitments Total 715 After Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2028 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported receiving 715 voluntary commitments, including commitments that will mobilize more than US$500 billion in action towards sustainable development. These include 52 government commitments, 82 UN/IGO commitments and 581 Major Group and civil society commitments. 

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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UNDP's Annual Report Outlines “The Sustainable Future We Want” [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, “The Sustainable Future We Want,” which outlines UNDP's field programmes and its contributions to raising awareness and changing policy.

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Island Leaders Announce Conservation Commitments [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) hosted a leaders breakfast on 21 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The breakfast was attended by Heads of State or Government from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Colombia, Grenada, Indonesia, and Seychelles, who announced new conservation commitments.

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