Stakeholder Participation

GBIF Announces New Citizen Science Platform for the Oceans [viewed]

GBIf13 November 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced a partnership with a citizen science platform called 'Diveboard,' allowing recreational divers to contribute records of species occurrences from the world's oceans, including inland water bodies. The data will help support marine biologists' research worldwide.

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Species+ to Support Information Management of Globally Protected Species [viewed]

speciesplus13 November 2013: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the European Union have announced the release of 'Species+,' a new online information management resource for globally protected species covered under CITES, CMS and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.  

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CITES Parties Discuss the Establishment of a West Asian Wildlife Enforcement Network [viewed]

CITES11 November 2013: During a workshop organized at the request of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Parties of West Asia, a process was agreed on strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against wildlife crime. The CITES parties discussed the need for and feasibility of establishing a regional network to coordinate the enforcement of laws that regulate trade in wildlife and to share intelligence. 

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IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Identifies Actions to Address Wildlife Crime [viewed]

interpol-unep6 November 2013: Participants at the First International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement highlighted the need for capacity building, improved intelligence capabilities and increased development of operational tools and toolkits as key action points to address the increasing threats posed by environmental crime, such as illegal trade in wildlife, timber and CFCs, and illegal shipments of waste.

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day 2014 [viewed]

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.  

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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CITES and UNCTAD Discuss Mechanisms to Ensure Sustainable Trade in Python Skins [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos4 November 2013: A meeting to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 October 2013.

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