Conservation

Guest Article #23: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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CMS SakerGaP to Support Conservation of Saker Falcons [viewed]

CMS8 October 2014: The Coordinating Unit of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced that the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP) is now available online at the CMS website.

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International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links [viewed]

iucn-cbd-grasp-cifor8 October 2014: On the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), Jane Smart, Global Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Biodiversity Conservation Group, highlighted the links between the spread of Ebola and biodiversity loss. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have also announced calls and support for research into the links between bushmeat consumption and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

cites7 October 2014: On the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly, Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discussed continued cooperation and means to stem illegal trade in timber.

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UN Report: Benefits Outweigh Costs in Investing in Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The second report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 concludes that the benefits of investing in measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity outweigh the financial costs and include multiple economic and environmental benefits.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Collaborating On Mesoamerican Reef Project [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided an update on its ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project, which is using a holistic approach to address threats to the Mesoamerican reef. The regional, cross-border project promotes reef conservation in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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Event: Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection [viewed]

The UN Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection' will: address options, ways and means to promote sustainable tourism that is economically viable (for public and private investors), socially and economically beneficial (for employees and small-scale entrepreneurs), and environmentally benign (minimal environmental impacts, enhanced resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation); advocate and promote integrated policy decision-making related to sustainable urbanization and tourism at all levels, including the various concerned government departments and agencies and public, private and community stakeholders; propose recommendations of good practice (for project developers, planer, and financiers), in terms of integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; exchange information, review and analyze trends in global and regional tourism demand, analyze demand projections and compare alternative approaches to marketing strategies; identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships; and to document best practice examples for publication on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event will be co-hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) and the Tehran Office of UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be co-organized by DESA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

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UNEP, IUCN, GEF Supporting Establishment of MPAs in Lebanon [viewed]

unep-gef-iucn8 October 2014: Lebanon's Ministry of Environment (MoE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) are collaborating on the 'Marine and Coastal Biodiversity' project, which aims to establish two marine protected areas (MPAs) in Lebanon. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is financing the project.

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ICCA Consortium Releases Aichi Targets Policy Brief [viewed]

iccas7 October 2014: The Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium has released a policy brief, titled 'ICCAs & Aichi Targets,' which describes the current and potential role of ICCAs in achieving the Aichi Targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The brief asks the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) to increase support for ICCAs' contribution to meeting the Targets.

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