Sustainable Use

Polar Bear Forum Adopts Declaration, Commits to Completion of 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan [viewed]

polarbearlogo4 December 2013: Ministers from the five polar bear range States have signed a declaration to further polar bear conservation. The declaration recognizes the importance of work over the last forty years and commits to further conservation measures in the context of sustainable livelihoods. Parties have committed to completing a Circumpolar Action Plan by 2015, which will provide for measured and concerted actions to ensure the long-term conservation of the species.

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Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya [viewed]

AEWA5 December 2013: Egypt, with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has agreed to a Plan of Action to ensure that the practice of bird trapping in Egypt and Libya is both sustainable and legal, and to implement efforts to better understand current trends in hunting and trapping. 

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ECLAC Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Grain Production in Central America [viewed]

ECLAC29 November 2013: The Subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) issued a study finding substantial potential climate change impacts on basic grains production in the seven countries of Central America, and suggesting possible strategies to promote adaptation.

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Event: Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) [viewed]

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

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CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CITES Announces Smart Tool to Support the Tracking and Sustainable Use of Endangered Snakes [viewed]

CITES27 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met with European business entrepreneurs and wildlife experts to develop a new smartphone application that traces the origin of a wildlife product and helps ensure the sustainable use of many endangered species.

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CITES Announces New Web Resource on Sharks and Rays [viewed]

CITES22 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) has announced the establishment of a web section on sharks and manta rays. The announcement was also made during the 23rd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). 

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Caribbean Fisheries Working Group Calls for Closing Season [viewed]

FAO21 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that the Joint Working Group of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) on Spawning Aggregations recorded reduced numbers of fish, such as groupers and snappers, in many aggregations and the relatively smaller size of most remaining aggregations, due to overfishing. 

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