Conservation

Regional Economic Integration Organizations Can Now Accede to CITES [viewed]

CITES3 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an amendment to the Convention will enter into force allowing regional economic integration organizations to accede to the Convention. The amendment, known as the 'Gaborone amendment,' was adopted in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 years ago, on 30 April 1983. 

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AFWC 19th Session Discusses Natural Resources and Africa's Economy [viewed]

fao-afwc1 October 2013: The 19th session of the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) met in Windhoek, Namibia, from 30 September to 4 October, 2013. In his opening statement, Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, noted with regret that Africa is leading in losing natural resources, especially forests. 

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CBD Secretariat Circulates New Issue of Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

square-bracketsOctober 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the eighth issue of [square brackets], the CBD newsletter for civil society, with a special focus on enhancing stakeholder engagement and the emergence of biocultural rights under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Event: World Wetlands Day 2014 [viewed]

The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.  

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Event: Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of The World Bank Global Tiger Initiative in cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and partners, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others, the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum will bring together representatives and experts from snow leopard range countries to discuss the status and future of snow leopards.  

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Mountain Partnership Documents Global Progress on Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas [viewed]

Mountain Partnership1 October 2013: Released at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Erzurum, Turkey, the global report, 'Mountains: Our Life, Our Future: Progress and Perspectives on Sustainable Mountain Development,' consolidates ten regional reports on environmental and social issues affecting mountains. The regional reports were prepared for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IUFRO Reports on the Future of Forests [viewed]

Iufro30 September 2013: The September 2013 edition of the newsletter of the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) highlights risks to forests, including climate change, air pollution and invasive alien species.

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FAO Releases Report on Risk of Pesticides to Bees [viewed]

fao-gefAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the impacts of pesticides on wild bees titled, 'Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees: Risk profiles for focal crops on three continents.' The document assesses pesticide exposure of key crop pollinators including honey bees and wild bee species, through the development of risk profiles for cropping systems in Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands.

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ITPGR Governing Body Focuses on Enhancing Implementation [viewed]

ITPGR28 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has adopted a series of resolutions that aim at enhancing implementation, including through the establishment of an Ad hoc Working Group on enhanced implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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New Strategic Framework Launched at Conference on New and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity International29 September 2013: Bioversity International launched a new framework for addressing neglected and underutilized species (NUS) at the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: for a food-secure Africa held in Accra, Ghana, from 25-27 September 2013.

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