Conservation

43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves.” The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.

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European Commission Identifies Third Countries Not Compliant with IUU Fishing Regulation [viewed]

15 November 2012: In a "Question and Answers" memo on illegal fishing, the European Commission discusses its decision to warn eight third countries of the risk of being identified as non-cooperative. 

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Ramsar Reports on Symposium for Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies [viewed]

14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the 2012 International Symposium for the Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies held in September, which aimed to evaluate the management plan for Gonggeomji and its possible designation as a Ramsar Site.

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CMS Standing Committee Reviews Activities Since COP 10 [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) convened on 7-8 November 2012,  to hear an update on activities undertaken by the CMS Secretariat since the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10), held in Bergen, Norway, in November in 2011. 

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Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Event Issues Call to Action [viewed]

11 November 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event, titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action,” in Washington, DC, US, on 8 November 2012. The event brought together ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it on the foreign policy and security agenda. 

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Species E-Bulletin Highlights Decline of Primates, Palms and Wild Salmon [viewed]

October 2012: The October issue of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Bulletin highlights that 83% of Madagascar's palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk. This information comes from the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

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World Bank Report Highlights Importance of Africa's Forests and Woodlands [viewed]

World Bank10 November 2012: The World Bank has released a special report, "Forests, trees, and woodlands in Africa: an action plan for World Bank engagement," highlighting the importance of Africa's forests for economic growth and development, and as providers of key ecosystem services supporting livelihoods and increased resilience to climate change. 

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GWF Publishes Paper Discussing Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems in Australia [viewed]

Global Water ForumNovember 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF), affiliated with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), released a discussion paper outlining initiatives to protect freshwater ecosystems in Australia, including its signature of the UN Stockholm Declaration, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the World Charter for Nature and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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