Conservation

Event: Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC are holding a symposium to explore the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organizations in meeting relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, in March 2015.  

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction [viewed]

IUCN17 November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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INTERPOL Launches Operation Infra-Terra [viewed]

interpol17 November 2014: INTERPOL has launched the first global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental crime, including wildlife crime.

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Bioversity International Releases Toolkit for Practical Use of Biodiversity Indicators [viewed]

Biodiversity International17 November 2014: Bioversity International, in collaboration with partners, has released the 'Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS),' which provides guidance for the organization of workshops on the practical use of such indicators in the field.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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FAO Highlights Role of Protected Areas in Food Security [viewed]

FAO13 November 2014: On the occasion of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a publication highlighting the links between people and protected areas. The paper, titled 'Protected Areas, People and Food Security - An FAO contribution to the World Parks Congress,' focuses on meeting the dual challenges of protecting biodiversity through in situ conservation while fulfilling basic needs for food and nutrition security.

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress [viewed]

us-kiribati14 November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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