Conservation

World Bank Publishes Educational Infographic on Biodiversity Challenges [viewed]

31 August 2012: The World Bank has published an educational graphic explaining the main challenges faced by biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as the value of biodiversity for humankind.

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade Appointed First Ocean Commissioner [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced the appointment of Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), as the inaugural Ocean Commissioner. Slade's appointment seeks to provide the Pacific community with a high-level spokesperson to spearhead the Pacific Oceanscape initiative.

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OIE Launches Updated World Animal Health Information System [viewed]

27 August 2012: The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has launched an updated and expanded version of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), including a new section on wildlife disease notification. The new section allows members to enter complementary data on OIE-listed diseases of wild animal species, and to provide information on non-listed diseases.

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GLISPA Launches Online Survey [viewed]

GLIPSA27 August 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has launched an online survey on progress towards its mission. Survey questions address stakeholder opinions of GLISPA's: importance as a mechanism to promote action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods; support to partner commitments such as the Micronesia Challenge and the Caribbean Challenge; and responsiveness to partners' needs and aspirations. 

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Creating Protected Areas Fund and Financing Mechanism [viewed]

GEFJuly 2012: The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is developing a national trust fund and conservation finance mechanism for the sustainable financing of protected areas in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Signatories to the MOU for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region [viewed]

The objectives of the Third Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region will be to adopt the SPREP regional Whale and Dolphin Action Plan 2013-2017 for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); review the status of implementation of the MoU and the Action Plan; set future priorities for the MoU; and discuss strengthened collaboration at the national, regional and international level for the implementation of the MoU and Action Plan.  

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Bahrain Joins CITES as 176th Member State [viewed]

4 September 2012:  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has announced that Bahrain has ratified CITES and thus become its 176th Party. Bahrain is home to over 40 species listed in the CITES Appendices.

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Report Highlights Extinction Risk for Invertebrates [viewed]

31 August 2012: Invertebrates such as clam shells and butterflies soon may go extinct, according to "Spineless: Status and Trends of the World's Invertebrates," a report by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched on 31 August 2012. Their disappearance may threaten the survival of many other species, the report notes, highlighting invertebrates' benefits.

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SPREP, IMO Convene Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas [viewed]

SPREP30 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Australia's Maritime Safety Authority, convened a workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). The meeting aimed to assist in increasing protection of marine environments by building the capacity of Pacific Island nation representatives from the maritime and environment sectors to develop proposals for PSSAs.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank - GEF30 August 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$11.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement biodiversity-friendly best practices on at least 34,500 hectares of land, as well as to manage natural resources, and preserve and conserve land in Mexico. The project, which will run until 2017, seeks to reconcile rural production with ecosystem conservation, through improvements in the living conditions of rural farmers.

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