Sustainable Use

IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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FAO, GEF, GOF Launch ABNJ Newsletter [viewed]

fao-gef-gocOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) launched the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Learn Newsletter. The newsletter will facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices on the management of ABNJ to encourage the advancement of integrated, ecosystem-based management policies and practices in ABNJ.

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Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

trafficOctober 2014: At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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CITES Secretary-General Discusses Destruction of Confiscated Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

CITES20 October 2014: In a National Geographic editorial, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discusses the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

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CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management [viewed]

CBD21 October 2014: Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes.

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Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries [viewed]

CGIAR20 October 2014: During a two-day workshop, participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam discussed how agriculture-based interventions, in particular crop diversification, can strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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CBD COP 12 Adopts Decisions on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted two decisions related to marine and coastal biodiversity: one on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and one on other matters, including impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise and ocean acidification, priority actions to achieve Aichi Target 10 (coral reefs), and marine spatial planning (MSP) and training initiatives.

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ITPGR Highlights Impact of Farmers' Rights on Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

ITPGR14 October 2014: An event organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) during the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41) discussed how to improve food security and nutrition through the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as realized through farmers' rights.

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West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS [viewed]

Grid Arendal25 September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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