Conservation

First Wangari Maathai Award Recognizes Successes in Community Forest Management [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN has announced that Narayan Kaji Shrestha is the recipient of the first Wangari Maathai award, established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) in honor of Maathai, a prominent Kenyan environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Kaji Shrestha is being recognized for promoting community forest management in Nepal, where he established the country's first community forest group.

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Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

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GEF SGP Rehabilitating Endangered Species in Armenia [viewed]

13 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support to a project to restore two critically endangered species of trout in Lake Sevan in Armenia. The species are threatened as a result of unsustainable industrial and hydroelectric use of the lake.

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OAS Seeks Projects on Marine Migratory Species and Priority Habitats [viewed]

25 September 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS), with support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking proposals for projects to support with small grants of up to US$20,000 that will enhance the conservation of shared marine migratory species and habitats of greatest concern in the Western Hemisphere. 

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Event: CBD Colloquium on the Role of ICCAs in Achieving the Aichi Targets [viewed]

In an effort to support implementation of a series of articles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), a one-day Colloquium on the role of indigenous peoples' and local communities' conserved territories and areas (ICCAs) in achieving the Aichi Targets will be co-hosted by the CBD Secretariat, the Governments of Brazil, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Senegal and South Africa, the ICCA Consortium, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Conservation International. It will comprise a series of regional roundtable discussions.  

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Event: 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas [viewed]

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, a network of nongovernmental organizations, donors and regional organizations working in nature conservation in the Pacific, organizes this conference every five years to set activities and strategies for the next five year period. This ninth conference's theme is "Natural Solutions: Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific."  

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Event: Tree Diversity Day [viewed]

Tree Diversity Day will examine the importance of tree diversity for the implementation of the three Rio Conventions. The Day will also convene discussions on enhancing the inclusion of tree diversity within emerging policy instruments, including through demonstrating the global public benefit of the conservation and sustainable use of tree diversity.  

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Event: 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Working Group was established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Seventh Session in May 1997, in line with Conference Resolution 3/95. The Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission in 2011 decided that the Working Group should meet prior to the next Regular Session of the Commission. Issues to be addressed by the Seventh Session of the Working Group include: review of the progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources; implementation and review of the Funding Strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action; preparation of the Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and indicators to measure progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action, and the further development of the headline indicator of the Convention on Biological Diversity for trends in genetic diversity of domesticated animal species of major socio-economic importance.  

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MOS 1 Adopts Conservation Plan for Sharks [viewed]

27 September 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS 1) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, the first meeting since the MOU came into effect in 2011, adopted a conservation plan for sharks. 

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India Names Wildlife Sanctuary a Ramsar Site [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of India has designated Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat state, as its 26th Wetland of International Importance.

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