Conservation

Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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Custodian Farmers Discuss the Conservation of Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International9 August 2013: Building on a recent regional workshop in New Delhi, India, to establish a community of custodian farmers in Asia, national representatives, international specialists and farmers met in Pokhara, Nepal, to discuss strategies to strengthen the role of custodian farmers in on-farm conservation.

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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Recommendations Presented to Strengthen Trans-Boundary Protected Areas in the Congo Basin [viewed]

cofimaccbfp12 August 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in collaboration with the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the results of a study on trans-boundary protected areas in the Congo Basin funded by the Government of Germany.

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CITES and UNESCO Call for Stakeholders to Strengthen Ties to Fight Poaching [viewed]

unesco-cites9 August 2013: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), have released a joint statement on the impacts of recent and escalating poaching in West and Central Africa. Poaching, they write, is transforming living forests into deserted spaces and causing immeasurable damage.

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CBD Calls for Contributions to Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

CBD5 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) seeks contributions from members of civil society and indigenous and local community organizations for the eighth issue of the CBD newsletter for civil society, titled '[square brackets],' which is scheduled for publication in October 2013.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Latest Issue of Business.2020 Magazine [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the latest issue of Business.2020, a magazine on business and biodiversity, featuring, among other articles, an interview with Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor to the UN Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative and past Study Leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a preface by CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and an article by Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director, titled 'Rio+20: Launching ground for corporate sustainability.'

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CBD Circulates Briefs on Biodiversity for Water, Cities and Slums [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated two new briefs highlighting the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development and as a contribution to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. One focuses on water security, while the other addresses biodiversity for cities and slums.

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Event: INTERPOL-UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference [viewed]

The INTERPOL-UNEP conference will bring together executive leaders to design a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime. Cooperation between intergovernmental organizations and the environmental enforcement actions of focus for the international community in the coming years will be the main topics of discussion during the conference. The Conference will see the 1st Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) meeting held from 7-8 November 2013, which will bring together executive leaders from around the world to design and develop strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of national and international responses to environmental compliance and enforcement. The Conference will also host the 24th Meeting of the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group, 18th Meeting of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group, and 2nd Meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group, all of which will be held in parallel to and will present their findings to the ECEC.  

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UNEP Releases Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan [viewed]

UNEP31 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with funding from the Government of Kenya and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has released the Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas in Kenya. Both the Atlas and the Master Plan underscore the need for Kenya to undertake a range of conservation measures under the three pillars of wise use, wetlands of international importance, and international cooperation.

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