Conservation

Event: IPBES-2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. The meeting is scheduled for 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey.  

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FAO Circulates Proposed Amendments to CGRFA Rules of Procedure [viewed]

FAO8 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated two proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), to be considered during the CGRFA's fourteenth session, to be held from 15-19 April 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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ICCWC Offers Training on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in Asia [viewed]

12 March 2013: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) held a training session for wildlife law enforcement officials from across Asia. The training, which focused on investigative techniques, took place on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16).

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New Mobile Application Provides Information on Marine Fish Species [viewed]

12 March 2013: A new mobile application, AppliFish, provides consumers with information to help make informed choices when purchasing fish.

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Event: Leadership Summit for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) [viewed]

This Summit aims to bring together Heads of Governments, Ministers of the Environment, Chief Executive Officers of major corporations and donor agencies to set a new course for the management and preservation of the region's marine and coastal environment. Co-hosted by the Prime Minister of Grenada and the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the event is supported by Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and The Nature Conservancy. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) was launched in 2008 to provide greater leadership for protecting and sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment across the Caribbean.  

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Chambers Commences Role as CMS Executive Secretary [viewed]

12 March 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that Bradnee Chambers has officially commenced his role as the new Executive Secretary of CMS. He succeeds Elizabeth Mrema.

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Ecuador, Germany, US Discuss Progress on CMS Sharks MoU [viewed]

8 March 2013: At an event in Bangkok, Thailand, held on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16), representatives from Ecuador, Germany and the US described progress toward protecting sharks and meeting their international obligations under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Activities in CNMI, Guam [viewed]

March 2013: The March 2013 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: a meeting of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Micronesia Challenge Communications Working Group; and Guam's adoption of a Micronesian Challenge logo.

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UNEP/CMS Raptors MoU to Develop Action Plan for Sooty Falcon [viewed]

11 March 2013: The Coordinating Unit (CU) of the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors MoU, in close collaboration with Range States, specialist ornithologists and others, is leading the development of an International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for the Sooty Falcon.

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UNESCO Launches Sandwatch Project on Coastal Environmental Management in Two Indonesian Schools [viewed]

UNESCO11 March 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch pilot project in two schools in Lhoknga, Aceh, Indonesia, which aims to improve understanding of coastal environmental management in an area that was heavily impacted by the 2004 tsunami.

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