Conservation

GSF Members Sign 16-Point Resolution, Prepare for 3rd International Congress [viewed]

guianashield14 June 2013: At a high-level meeting on the Guiana Shield Foundation (GSF) in Bogotá, Colombia, on 14 June 2013, Amapá State (Brazil), Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a resolution meant to foster collaboration on the conservation and sustainable development in the Guiana Shield eco-region.

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Event: Third International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield [viewed]

This meeting will convene under the theme, 'Biodiversity conservation and economic development: Defining green development of natural resources within the Guiana Shield'. The objective of this conference is to identify the impacts of economic development within the Guiana Shield on the environment, and to define measures to reach real green development within the region. Special attention will be given to rural communities with their traditional lifestyle and extensive traditional knowledge of living sustainably.  

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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European Commission Funds LIFE+ Biodiversity, Climate Projects [viewed]

European Union 3 July 2013: The European Commission is providing €281.4 million in funding for projects under the LIFE+ programme. The 248 new projects address nature and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and governance, climate change, and information and communication of environmental issues.

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CITES, UNEP Welcome Developments in Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

CITES UNEPJuly 3 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has welcomed the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking issued by US President Barack Obama, while UNEP has profiled a new tool for dating elephant husks as well as a poster campaign to curb demand for illegal wildlife products.

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Workshop Addresses Integration of MEAs into NBSAPs [viewed]

MEAs into NBSAPs2 July 2013: A workshop on improving the capacity of Francophone African National Focal Points in identifying indicators and integrating the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) objectives into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) brought together National Focal Points for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS and CITES from eight Francophone African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Togo), supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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CBD Secretariat Develops New Portal on the LifeWeb Initiative on Protected Areas [viewed]

CBD20 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has developed a new online portal for receiving expressions of interest for funding for protected areas in the framework of the LifeWeb Initiative.

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Bioversity International Profiles Farmers Supporting Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International26 June 2013: In a publication titled 'Custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity: selected profiles from South and South East Asia,'  Bioversity International describes the role of farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand in safeguarding the biodiversity of a wide variety of crops including mangoes, millet, indigenous vegetables and rootstocks.

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2013 MDG Report Highlights Progress and Areas for Accelerated Action [viewed]

mdg2013-report1 July 2013: The 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report recognizes “substantial progress” in meeting many MDG targets while also urging nations to accelerate efforts to achieve unmet MDGs by the 2015 deadline. The report examines areas in which action is most needed, including on environmental sustainability, and highlights unequal progress, with disparities among regions and between rural and urban populations, population groups within countries, and men and women.

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 28 July, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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