Conservation

Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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Event: Third International Conference Waters in Sensitive and Protected Areas [viewed]

This Conference organized by the Croatian Water Pollution Control Society (CWPCS) and the European Water Association (EWA) will address themes including: implementation of legal obligations related to water and environmental protection in sensitive areas; new concepts and technical solutions applicable in sensitive and protected areas (PAs); protection of surface and groundwater resources and of strategic drinking water reserves; and water in sensitive transboundary areas. The conference will also include a round table on tourism in sensitive and PAs.  

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Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Project in Sundarbans Reserved Forest, Bangladesh [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project that aimed to disseminate Ramsar Convention messages among local communities and to promote wetland wise use in the South West Coast of Bangladesh.

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UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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UNDP Reports on Wetland Preservation in Kazakhstan [viewed]

UNDPDecember 2012: A joint initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the Government of Kazakhstan has helped salvage and protect Kazakhstan's wetlands, UNDP has reported. Since the initiative began in 2003, seven sites have been declared protected areas, illegal fishing has decreased, and local residents have developed eco-friendly business ventures.

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Event: Protected Area Management Course [viewed]

This course is taught in Spanish and is designed for participants from Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations in Latin America, Africa and Europe that are directly involved in planning and management of protected areas, buffer zones and conservation corridors. The course is coordinated by CSU in collaboration with the Office of International Programs of the United States Forest Service and with cooperation of other US federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as non-governmental organizations and state and municipal governments. The course will take place from 3 July-3 August 2013, with applications due on 31 January 2013.  

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Andean Wetlands Initiative to Develop Regional Monitoring Network [viewed]

12 December 2012: The IX Meeting of High Andean Wetlands (HAW) Regional Initiative and Strategy agreed to develop a regional monitoring network, and discussed the implementation, governance, financial challenges and future of the Initiative.

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UNGA Committee Approves Draft Resolution on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species [viewed]

26 November 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) has approved the draft resolution on “Strengthening the UN crime prevention and criminal justice programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity” (A/C.3/67/L.15/Rev.1). 

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GEF-UNDP Publication Analyzes Investments to Restore and Protect Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

14 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint publication titled “Catalysing Ocean Finance,” on 14 December 2012, in Washington, DC, US. The two-volume publication demonstrates how public investment can reverse declines in global ocean health, scale up ocean planning and policy tools, leverage financial flows and transform ocean markets towards sustainability.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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