Conservation

Event: Taking Stock of CITES-listed Tree Species [viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is convening this workshop to discuss the results and lessons learned from the first phase of the ITTO-CITES programme and provide recommendations for the implementation of its second phase. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that International Trade in CITES-Listed tropical timber species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation, as well as to enhance the implementation of CITES listings of tropical tree species. Main themes for discussion at the workshop include an overview of the ITTO-CITES programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America with case studies presented from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia and Peru. Also on the agenda is timber tracking technologies and the identification of possible regional activities for the second phase.  

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UNESCO Calls for Candidates for Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management [viewed]

January 2013: UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme has issued a call for the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management, awarded every two years to a selected case study on biosphere reserve management in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves.

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IUCN-China Seminar Discusses How to Communicate about Nature Conservation [viewed]

26 December 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) China organized a round-table seminar on Nature Based Ecological Civilization Education and Communications. 

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching [viewed]

UN logo24 December 2012: In a presidential statement issued on 19 December, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)” in Central Africa, and called “on the United Nations and AU to jointly investigate the LRA's logistical networks and possible sources of illicit financing, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling.”

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EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

21 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will contribute €1.73 million to INTERPOL in support of its Project Combat Wildlife Crime, which operates under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and includes the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. In addition, the EC will be providing €2 million to the MIKE programme, which monitors elephant poaching across Africa.

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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Event: International Meeting on Sustainable Forest Management in CITES [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the International Tropical Timber Organization-Convention on International Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (ITTO-CITES) Programme on ensuring international trade in CITES-Listed Timber Species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation.  

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Swaziland Joins CMS [viewed]

2 January 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced the accession of Swaziland, as the 118th Party to the Convention, on 1 January 2013.

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CITES Announces Withdrawal of Proposal on Downlisting of African Elephant [viewed]

CITES26 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced a decision by Tanzania to withdraw its proposal to downlist the African elephant from Appendix I to II.

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