Conservation

Event: World Oceans Day [viewed]

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

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African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings [viewed]

FAO CITES9 April 2014: The 'Regional Consultative Workshop on Capacity Assessments for the Implementation of New CITES Listings of Sharks and Manta Rays' brought together fisheries authorities from ten States and concluded with the adoption of the Casablanca Declaration. The Declaration presents a road map for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listings of sharks and manta rays that were adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) in March 2013. 

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UEBT Survey Says Consumers Want Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

UEBT8 April 2014: According to the 2014 Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer, while 87% of consumers surveyed worldwide want companies to adopt sourcing policies that respect biodiversity, only 27% of the top 100 beauty and personal care companies cite biodiversity on their websites or in their corporate sociability reports. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, highlighted that 84% of respondents place value on personally contributing to biodiversity conservation. 

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative31 March 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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CITES and Madagascar Call for Support to Stop Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

CITES4 April 2014: Following a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Madagascar are calling for the halt of  illegal trade in timber from Madagascar, namely rosewood, palisander and ebony. 

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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