Forests & REDD

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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World Bank Approves Project to Improve Conservation of Biodiversity and Enhance Livelihoods in Mozambique [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2014: The World Bank has approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the implementation of Mozambique's Conservation Areas (CAs) for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.

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Pan-American Regional Meeting on Ramsar Prepares for COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar17 November 2014: The 6th Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provided input to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.

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Event: Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC are holding a symposium to explore the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organizations in meeting relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, in March 2015.  

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FAO Highlights Role of Protected Areas in Food Security [viewed]

FAO13 November 2014: On the occasion of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a publication highlighting the links between people and protected areas. The paper, titled 'Protected Areas, People and Food Security - An FAO contribution to the World Parks Congress,' focuses on meeting the dual challenges of protecting biodiversity through in situ conservation while fulfilling basic needs for food and nutrition security.

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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European Countries Discuss Next CITES Plants and Standing Committees [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES14 November 2014: Some 45 experts from 18 European countries met from 11-14 November, in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss plant-related issues and make recommendations for the next meetings of the Plants and Standing Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report [viewed]

TII Interim ReportNovember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making.

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Event: CITES SC66 [viewed]

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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Event: CITES PC22 [viewed]

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

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