Capacity Building & Education

IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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FAO, GEF, GOF Launch ABNJ Newsletter [viewed]

fao-gef-gocOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) launched the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Learn Newsletter. The newsletter will facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices on the management of ABNJ to encourage the advancement of integrated, ecosystem-based management policies and practices in ABNJ.

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Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

trafficOctober 2014: At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project [viewed]

World Bank22 October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers.

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CITES Secretary-General Discusses Destruction of Confiscated Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

CITES20 October 2014: In a National Geographic editorial, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discusses the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

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CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition [viewed]

wmb-cms16 October 2014: The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 photo competition held under the campaign theme 'Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism' has concluded. Winners were picked from 37 photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different countries.

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ICLEI CBC Launches Project on Conservation in African Urban Environments [viewed]

iclei17 October 2014: At an event on the margins of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and partners, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), launched 'Urban Natural Assets for Africa' (UNA Africa). The project, which will support local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in sub-Saharan African cities, will be implemented under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS).

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia [viewed]

CIFOR22 October 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a workshop for newspaper editors from Zambia in order to identify concrete actions to improve the number and quality of stories on climate change, forests and the environment.

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