Sustainable Use

UNEP, INTOSAI-WGEA Sign MOU to Track Progress in MEA Implementation [viewed]

unep-intosai9 September 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI-WGEA). The MOU aims to track progress in implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covering climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste.

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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UNODC Report Addresses Ivory Trade in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNODC4 September 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report, titled 'Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment,' which highlights the scale of ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations in the region, among other issues.

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Event: Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Co-organized by Bioversity International, Ghana's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other organizations, the 'Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa' will promote knowledge sharing and debate under three themes: improving the resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems; upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species; and creating an enabling environment.  

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CGRFA Circulates Survey on Climate Change and Genetic Diversity Conservation and Use [viewed]

CGRFA3 September 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated a survey to help identify lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems.

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ACTO Parties Review Progress on Implementation of CITES E-Permitting Systems [viewed]

Cites Otca30 August 2013: During a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from 22-23 August 2013, members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) noted substantial progress on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting systems and Single Window environments, especially in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. 

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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Event: 27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session [viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.  

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BBNJ Working Group Makes Progress Towards Rio+20 Commitment [viewed]

United Nations23 August 2013: The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (the Working Group) to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) aimed to identify gaps and ways forward with a view to ensuring an effective legal framework on BBNJ, drawing on inputs provided by intersessional workshops that were held in early May 2013 to improve understanding of BBNJ issues and lead to a more productive debate in the Working Group.

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CMS Announces Caribbean Islands CEPF Call for Proposals [viewed]

UNEP CMS21 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the 2013 Call for Small and Large Grant Proposals for the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The deadline for applying is 30 September, 2013.

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