Conservation

IUCN Report Introduces New Tool for Cross-Border Partnerships [viewed]

19 November 2012: A publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights how transboundary conservation action in South-East Europe's Dinaric Arc helps protect the region's biodiversity.

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IPBES and Intersessional Process Provides Updates on Preparations for First Session [viewed]

21 November 2012: The Interim Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat has announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended until 30 November 2012.

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Workshops, Group of Experts Contributing to World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

November 2012: Throughout 2012, a series of workshops have been held to contribute a regional perspective and content for the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA). 

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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Marine Meeting Discusses Tools to Improve Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity16 November 2012:  An international meeting on marine and coastal biodiversity was held in Brest, France, on 13-14 November, 2012, as a contribution to the UN Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020), with a focus on interactions between the development of marine territories and biodiversity.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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UNESCO Study Finds Most Marine Biodiversity Still Undiscovered [viewed]

15 November 2012: According to a study published today and coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well-known marine animals, such as whales or dolphins, represent a tiny fraction of marine biodiversity. The 226,000 marine species identified so far are "but a small portion" of the estimated 700,000 to one million total.

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FAO Issues Brief Connects Forest and Agricultural Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: As part of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an issues brief on opportunities for forest user producer groups and cooperatives. By connecting the two groups, it notes, forest producers can gain negotiating power without having to create new institutions and governance rules.

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CEE Releases Outcome Document on Education for Biodiversity [viewed]

November 2012: The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has released an Outcome Document on Education and Biodiversity Conservation, which was adopted at the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Document outlines recommendations on an ESD strategic plan of action within the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

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CMS Small Grants Programme Announces Projects Funded [viewed]

19 November 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced that after being inactive for several years due to a lack of funding, it issued a call for applications earlier in 2012, and has selected 12 winning projects. It expressed appreciation to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for its pledge of US$300,000, made at the Tenth Meeting of the  Conference of the Parties (COP 10) in November 2011.

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