Conservation

CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region [viewed]

SPREP - CITES14 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations.

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IUCN, MedPAN Sign MOU to Improve Marine Management in Mediterranean [viewed]

iucn-medpan18 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), which is taking place from 12-19 November, in Sydney, Australia. The MOU aims to enhance coordination on scientific research on ecosystem services, poverty reduction and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

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IUCN Report Assesses Benefits of Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN18 November 2014: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage sites provide climate stability and support economic and human well-being, according to the first-ever assessment of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by these sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the report at its World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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World Parks Congress Inspires a New Generation [viewed]

iucn.world.parks17 November 2014: Among its many themes, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) has hosted discussions and events on the theme, ‘Inspiring a New Generation.' This theme aims to empower youth to experience, be inspired by and value nature, and promotes a shared vision of inter-generational partnerships for parks, people and the planet.

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World Parks Congress Showcases Efforts to Improve People's Health through Nature [viewed]

iucn.world.parks16 November 2014: Encouraging all people to access and enjoy national parks is one of many themes under discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress. Several organizations have showcased initiatives at the Congress, such as the Active in Parks program and the Trailrider, an innovative all-terrain wheelchair, which are encouraging and facilitating citizens to connect with and conserve parks and nature.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region [viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.  

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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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