Conservation

World Wetlands Day Focuses on Water Management [viewed]

2 February 2013: As a contribution to the UN International Year for Water Cooperation, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) focused the celebrations of this year's World Wetlands Day on wetlands and water management. The Day aims to show the interdependence between water and wetlands and the key role wetlands play.

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TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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PILN "Soundbites" Features News on GLISPA and PIP [viewed]

SPREP31 January 2013: The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) "Soundbites" January 2013 issue highlights the Solomon Islands' $1.5 million grant to fight the Giant African Snail, and the Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) member contributions to the Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook (PECCO) report, which was released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Doha, Qatar, at the 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference.

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CGIAR, Global Crop Diversity Trust Collaborate to Maintain Genebanks [viewed]

31 January 2013: An agreement between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium will provide $109 million over five years to establish a new research programme to maintain the 706,000 samples of plant genetic resources held at 11 CGIAR research centers globally.

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6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha [viewed]

24 January 2013: The 6th EU-Brazil Summit discussed a range of issues for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Doha Climate Change Conference, as well as renewal of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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US Designates San Francisco Bay/Estuary as Ramsar Site [viewed]

30 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of the United States (US) has designated the San Francisco Bay/Estuary (SFBE) as its 35th Wetland of International Importance.

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Tunisia Designates Two Important Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia recently designated two Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as new Wetlands of International Importance. 

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Event: Semantics for Biodiversity – International Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by Bioversity International, Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD), Centre de Recherche Agronomique pour le development (CIRAD), Institut de Biologie Computationelle (IBC) and Universite de Montpellier II, will define key challenges identified by the bioinformatics community, discuss solutions and identify opportunities emerging from interactions across plant science and informatics disciplines. A key focus of the workshop will be the use of semantic technologies to design and develop systems that support research on agricultural and wild biodiversity conservation and management for food security, including strategies for resilience to climate change pressure, ecosystem monitoring and territory mapping. The invitation to send pre-submissions for papers and abstracts is open until 24 February.  

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Event: Two Two-day Intersessional Workshops on Biodiversity [viewed]

These workshops, which are organized by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), will take place at UN Headquarters on 2-3 May and 6-7 May 2013.  

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CMS Comments on CITES Marine Listing Proposals [viewed]

30 January 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat announced that comments have been provided to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat on the marine species proposals for listing on CITES Appendix I or II at the forthcoming 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013.

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