Conservation

Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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GLISPA Releases Update on Commitments and Emerging Policies [viewed]

GLIPSA20 September 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on its activities, titled “GLISPA Project Update, No.2.” The update includes information on GLISPA events, commitments and emerging opportunities, priorities, and governance and coordination.

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SPREP Releases Annual Meeting Outcomes [viewed]

SPREP20 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted the key outcomes of its 23rd Annual Meeting, which convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 30 August-8 September 2012. The meeting addressed four key areas: ocean conservation and management; renewable energy; financing for biodiversity and climate change; and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: World Ocean Council “Sustainable Ocean Summit” [viewed]

The World Ocean Council's second Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) will be held in Washington D.C., US, to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges. The SOS brings together the wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources, and will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; cargo issues, port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. The theme for the SOS 2013 is ‘Oceans 2050'.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces New Policy Board Observers [viewed]

UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

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UN Announces Forest Heroes Award Winners [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201117 September 2012: The UN's social media team has compiled videos featuring the work of each winner of the first Forest Heroes Award, issued by the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). Awards were issued to one winner in each region, in addition to a special award for Jose Claudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo of Brazil, who were murdered after working to halt illegal logging in the Amazon.

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GEF SGP Highlights Project Achievements in Kenya Forest [viewed]

17 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has highlighted its support for the protection of the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest through a youth-led project that has received several international awards. The GEF SGP project protects biodiversity at risk from illegal timber harvesting, encroachment and poor resource management. 

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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PROFOR Highlights Success in Revenue Sharing from Protected Forest [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) has highlighted the case of revenue sharing from a protected area in Tanzania, as the third in an ongoing series of stories on benefit-sharing from forest conservation, titled "What it Takes." Implemented by CARE International, the project in Zanzibar paid local communities to refrain from killing monkeys and collecting wood illegally.

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Nairobi Convention Focal Points Discuss Management of WIO Region [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: The Focal Points Forum Meeting of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region (Nairobi Convention) met in Maputo, Mozambique, on 9 August 2012. The meeting focused on implementation of the Nairobi Convention, and preparations for the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 7), scheduled to convene in December 2012.

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