Conservation

Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 [viewed]

This workshop will discuss ways in which collection of, access to, and use of biodiversity data and observations could be enhanced to support evidence-based decision-making and planning with a view to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets. It is organized by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). Conclusions from the workshop are expected to be formally reported to the SBSTTA 17 meeting in the following week and will support the consideration of scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Event: 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

Created in 1959, the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets every two years. FAO encourages wide participation of government officials from forestry and other sectors as well as representatives of international, regional and sub-regional organizations that deal with forest-related issues in the region, including NGOs, and the private sector.  

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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ICCWC Wildlife Support Team Sent to Sri Lanka [viewed]

ICCWC deploys a Wildlife25 July 2013: The International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST), with the goal of collecting DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized by local customs authorities.

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Global Initiative Bridges Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International23 July 2013: Following outcomes from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), global leaders in agriculture and biodiversity joined together in July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to launch the Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative.

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ICIMOD Partnership Promotes Herbal Medicine in Nepal [viewed]

ICIMOD25 July 2013: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has established a five-year partnership with Dabur Nepal in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region of Nepal to promote herbal medicine and aromatic plants.

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Use of CITES E-Permitting Toolkit Highlighted at WCO Course [viewed]

CITES17 July 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) Knowledge Academy for Customs brought together experts in customs and international trade to discuss, inter alia, the use of the WCO Data Model, an international standard for meeting the procedural and legal needs of cross-border regulatory agencies, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting toolkit.

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CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms [viewed]

CITESJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that they undertook back-to-back legislative assistance missions to Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago from 10-21 June 2013.

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World Bank Project Improves Health and Welfare in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank15 July 2013: The World Bank Nura River Clean-up Project has effectively eliminated mercury pollution and implemented flood management control in the Nura River Basin located in Kazakhstan. Based on pollution sampling and mapping, the project eliminated over 2,000,000 tons of contaminated materials generated by a carbide factory that used mercury to produce rubber.

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Event: IPBES Pan-European Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

Organized with the German Network Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and other national European biodiversity platforms, the goal of this meeting is to inform the European biodiversity knowledge community on the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) process; and provide direct input into the IPBES intersessional consultation, developing recommendations from a pan-European perspective, on inter alia, the draft work programme 2014-2018.  

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