Technology Transfer

CITES SC 62 Opens in Geneva [viewed]

Sixty-second meeting of the CITES Standing Committee dais23 July 2012: On the opening day of the 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee (SC 62) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, the Committee addressed: structure and length of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP); arrangements for COP 16; improving transparency of voting at COP meetings; and implementation of CITES Strategic Vision 2008-13.

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GEF Supports Biodiversity in Palm Cropping in Colombia [viewed]

GEF21 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced that it is providing a grant of US$4.25 million to implement biodiversity-friendly agro-ecological practices in palm cropping in the northern and eastern regions of Colombia. The project is expected to reduce the percentage of new palm-growing areas that encroach on protected land, increase the surface area in palm-production units of protected land, and support small-scale palm producers.

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OCT Seminar Finds Biodiversity, Solar and Wind Energy Key to Reducing Import Dependence [viewed]

10 July 2012: A seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, addressed the role of education, research and development in green growth in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Participants identified biodiversity and solar and wind energy potential as key to reducing import dependence, while noting “insularity” as a challenge.

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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Canary Islands Biosphere Reserves Increase Energy and Water Efficiency [viewed]

UNESCO9 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO) has reported on projects carried out in the Canary Islands that aim to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce water stress. The activities are taking place in sites that are part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (UNESCO-MAB). 

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Global Conference Identifies Priorities for Biodiversity Data Management [viewed]

6 July 2012: The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) has agreed on key priorities to foster the use of information technologies and social networks to: improve understanding of the role of biodiversity in sustaining human lives and livelihoods; and support biodiversity conservation. Participants agreed to develop an outlook document that will set priorities for biodiversity informatics, with a view to establishing an effective system for forecast and rapid response.

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CITES-ITTO Cooperate to Support Timber Tracking [viewed]

6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) have agreed to support Parties' efforts to use modern tracking technologies for certain tree species. The agreement was reached during a workshop on "tracking technologies for forest governance," hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, from 15-17 May 2012.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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