Governance

IDB Provides $72 Million for Sustainable Forestry and Poverty Reduction in Brazil [viewed]

lac_countries_approve22 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$72 million loan to the Brazilian state of Acre to promote sustainable forestry and agroforestry to keep deforestation in check while contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction.

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UNODC and CITES Call for Action on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

CITES UNODC23 April 2013: At the meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), called on the international community to strengthen its response to wildlife crime through legislation, law enforcement, criminal analysis and international cooperation.

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CMS Newsletter Highlights MEAs Implementation [viewed]

CMSMarch 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) February-March newsletter features an editorial by Bradnee Chambers, the new CMS Executive Secretary, on the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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Angola, Namibia and South Africa Sign Convention on Ocean Governance [viewed]

18 March 2013: Angola, Namibia and South Africa have signed the Benguela Current Convention, which establishes the first global multilateral Commission to apply the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) approach to ocean governance. The agreement creates a permanent inter-governmental institution responsible for promoting the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), an ocean area extending from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to the province of Cabinda in the north of Angola.

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Event: 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [viewed]

The agenda for the 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice includes a thematic discussion on the challenge posed by emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment and ways to deal with it effectively, including possible responses, programmes and initiatives to deal effectively with forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment.  

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on UNEP Governing Council Designation [viewed]

14 March 2013: During a plenary meeting on 13 March 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a draft resolution that changes the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council to the "United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP."

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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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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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ADB Symposium Addresses Wildlife Crime in Asia [viewed]

ADB11 March 2013: A three-day symposium organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 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) brought together senior justices, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, wildlife and environment police, customs officers and government enforcement experts to identify actions to address wildlife crime in Asia.

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World Bank GTI Convenes Meeting to Advance Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

9 March 2013: Representatives and experts from twelve snow leopard range countries convened in Bangkok 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) to advance national preparations for the 2013 International Snow Leopard Conservation Forum.

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