Conservation

Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Discusses Cooperation on Poaching and Illicit Trade [viewed]

7 March 2013:  The first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks (WENs) met on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16) to strengthen regional enforcement capacity, coordination and response to wildlife crime.

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UNU-IAS Event at CITES CoP 16 Highlights Use of WEMS to Tackle Wildlife Crime [viewed]

6 March 2013: An event held on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed ways to address transboundary wildlife crime by using advanced technology collaborations.

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CITES and UNEP Collaborate on Wild and Precious Photo Exhibition [viewed]

6 March 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of an international photography exhibition and book titled “Wild and Precious.” Organized by the GoodPlanet Foundation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and launched on the occasion of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to CITES in Bangkok, Thailand, the exhibition aims to raise awareness on trade in endangered species.

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Guinea-Bissau Creates National Ramsar Committee [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that during a stakeholder meeting held on the occasion of the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2013, Agostinho da Costa, Secretary of State for Environment and Tourism, signed an inter-ministerial decree for the creation of a National Ramsar Committee in Guinea-Bissau.

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La Palma Biosphere Reserve Launches Action Plan [viewed]

UNESCO6 March 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the La Palma Biosphere Reserve, in the Canary Islands, Spain, has launched its 2013-2022 Action Plan. The Plan's slogan is “All Voices, All Hands,” and reflects its emphasis on the active participation of citizens.

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GLISPA Releases Update on Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge [viewed]

GLIPSA26 February 2013: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on recent progress toward the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC), and on plans for 2013. Plans include formalizing WIO-CC support mechanisms and communications modalities.

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Event: 28th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative [viewed]

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will hold its 28th General Meeting (GM28) in Belize. Launched at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994, ICRI brings together governments, the CBD and the Ramsar Convention Secretariats, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), development banks such as the World Bank, regional organizations such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and international organizations such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ICRI members use annual General Meetings to interact, discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations that bring international attention to specific issues affecting coral reefs.  

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Report Released at CITES COP16 Highlights Increasing Threats to Elephants [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) has released a report titled "Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis," which highlights that populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows.

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Event: Inter-Ministerial and Experts Conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean Sub-Region [viewed]

Organized by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme, this meeting will convene under the theme "Tools for Sustainable Development and Growth." The objective of the event is to facilitate discussions on the identification of appropriate locations for new biosphere reserves as well as their integration with local/national sustainable development and adaptation to climate change plans.  

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Ministerial Roundtable Discusses Transnational Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

5 March 2013: Ministers and high-level government representatives convened on 4 March in Bangkok in a roundtable on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to address illicit trade in wildlife and forest products.

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