Stakeholder Participation

SPREP Calls on Pacific Communities to Assist in Tracking Sea Turtles [viewed]

SPREP13 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Pacific communities to assist with ongoing efforts to track over 15,000 sea turtles in the region. Communities are asked to report turtle sightings, along with turtle tracking information to SPREP.

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ITPGR Secretariat Invites Submissions on Sustainable Use [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has issued a notification inviting submissions from parties, other governments and relevant institutions and organizations on how to improve the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), including on sectoral policies and best practices for sustainable agriculture.

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Event: Workshop on Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

This workshop, titled "Custodian Farmers of Agricultural Biodiversity: Policy support for their roles in use and conservation," will bring together 22 tropical fruit tree farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand, to share common experiences and challenges related to conserving and using biodiversity on the farm. Participating researchers will present related case studies. The workshop is being hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bioversity International, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA).  

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Event: Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Invasive Species in Europe [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife, with the support of the European Habitats Forum, will organize a high-level debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the issue of invasive alien species in Europe and the development of an EU policy instrument to tackle them.  

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Event: Regional Great Lakes Stakeholder Forum [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society as part of a regional Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-Making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Fresh Water Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa project. The forum will convene under the theme "Addressing the drivers of change in the Freshwater Systems of the Great Lakes Region". The two-day event will take place in the framework of the project ARCOS is implementing with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation and in partnership with Lake Tanganyika Authority, Nile Basin Discourse, Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa, BirdLife International/Africa Partnership Secretariat and IUCN-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.  

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Event: Enhancing the Mountain Partnership in Africa for Sustainable Development in African Water Towers [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and The Mountain Partnership Secretariat, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Rwanda, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. The main objective of the meeting is to continue building an African agenda and a strong Mountain Partnership constituency on the sustainable development of mountain ecosystems, while contributing to climate change and water discussions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to share views and experiences on the current state of sustainable development in mountain regions in Africa and to discuss joint activities, future challenges and opportunities. The one-day event will take place ahead of the wider Regional Great Lakes Stakeholders Forum.  

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Event: Roundtable on Combating Transnational Organized Wildlife and Forest Crime for Ministers and High-level Representatives [viewed]

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), in close coordination with Thailand, is organizing a roundtable discussion on combating transnational organized wildlife and forest crime for ministers and high-level representatives. The event will be held alongside the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16).  

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CBD Executive Secretary, COP 11 President Call for Biodiversity Champions [viewed]

CBD1 February 2013: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment and Forests of India and President of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD, have sent a letter to parties inviting them to become a "Biodiversity Champion" by pledging support for biodiversity at national, regional or global levels for one or more of the Aichi targets.

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UNDP, WCS Programme Revives South Sudan's Parks and Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP5 February 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are collaborating to train South Sudanese wildlife authorities on all aspects of professional park management. The programme aims to preserve wildlife and support rural livelihoods through three components: improving national park conservation; building government capacity; and sustainably financing conservation efforts.

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FAO Convenes Expert Consultations on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

FAO1 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held two back-to-back consultations with experts on: the finalization of guidelines for preparation of country reports for the first report on the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (SoWAqGR); and the establishment of terms of reference (TOR) for a Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Advisory Working Group on Genetic Resources.

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