Conservation

Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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UNEP/GRASP Launches Report on Apes at CITES CoP 16 [viewed]

4 March 2013: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has launched a report, titled "Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans," which was developed in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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CITES CoP 16 Opens in Bangkok [viewed]

3 March 2013: 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) opened on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand, and will continue through 14 March 2013.

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Saudi Arabia Joins CMS Dugong MoU [viewed]

3 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals announced that Saudi Arabia signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU).

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CITES-CMS Event on Saiga Antelope Discusses Joint Efforts for Species Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS4 March 2013: A joint side-event by the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held on “The Saiga Antelope: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation and Sustainable Use.”  

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Bioversity International Spatial Data on Cultivated Plants and Wild Relatives Available Online [viewed]

1 March 2013: Over the past 40 years, Bioversity International has gathered information on cultivated plants and wild relatives from around the world, resulting in over 200,000 samples, which are now available online in the Collecting Missions Database.

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Bioversity International and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Agreement Supports Banana Research [viewed]

1 March 2013: As part of global efforts to support the conservation of bananas and plantains, Bioversity International and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have come to an agreement to store Bioversity's collection of banana and plantain germplasm at the university in Leuven, Belgium.

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Ramsar Releases Video Guide on Updating Information Sheets [viewed]

8 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released a video meant to guide contracting parties through the process of providing updated information on all of their Ramsar Sites.

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Ramsar Releases World Wetlands Day Reports [viewed]

26 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced the upload of reports received from the celebrations of World Wetlands Day (WWD), which was observed on 2 February 2013.

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ARCOS, Ramsar and Partners Hold Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems [viewed]

25 February 2013: The Regional Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems brought together 75 representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector, as well as experts in freshwater services in the Great Lakes region, who expressed their concern over the scattered management of freshwater ecosystems across the region and called for addressing the threats affecting freshwater services.

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