Sustainable Use

Ramsar Releases World Wetlands Day Reports [viewed]

26 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced the upload of reports received from the celebrations of World Wetlands Day (WWD), which was observed on 2 February 2013.

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ARCOS, Ramsar and Partners Hold Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems [viewed]

25 February 2013: The Regional Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems brought together 75 representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector, as well as experts in freshwater services in the Great Lakes region, who expressed their concern over the scattered management of freshwater ecosystems across the region and called for addressing the threats affecting freshwater services.

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FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance Adopted [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that countries have adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, thereby contributing to efforts to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). The guidelines were adopted following five years of consensus-building among FAO member countries.

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UNEP Releases Report on the Potential Contribution of BioTrade to the Peruvian Economy [viewed]

UNEP28 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with ProNaturaleza, the Peruvian Foundation for the Nature Conservancy, and financed by German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), has released a report titled “BioTrade: A catalyst for transitioning to a green economy in Peru.” The report suggests that BioTrade in Peru has the potential to provide 250,000 new jobs over the next decade.

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UNEP Releases Report on Potential Contribution of Medicinal Plants to Nepalese Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP28 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the Government of Nepal and financed by German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), has released a report titled “BioTrade: Harnessing the potential for transitioning to a green economy - The Case of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Nepal.” The report suggests that the growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal's green economy, as well as improve livelihoods in its poorest communities.

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UNESCO Declares Haiti's First Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO26 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that La Selle, in Haiti, has been officially declared as Haiti's first biosphere reserve.

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ADB Announces Project to Support Conservation in Borneo [viewed]

ADB27 February 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that is providing nearly US$4.5 million in assistance to the Government of Indonesia to support conservation of threatened forest areas on Borneo.

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Lebanon Joins CITES as 178th Member [viewed]

26 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Lebanon joined the Convention, becoming its 178th member.

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SPREP Launches South Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Analysis Project [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the South Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Analysis project (PACIOCEA), which aims to enhance local and regional capacity for improving conservation and sustainable ocean management through marine spatial planning.

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FAO Releases Booklet on Tuna Fisheries [viewed]

FAO26 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet, titled "Tuna: a global perspective," which provides an overview of the economic and social value of tuna and tuna-like species, the management challenges facing these species and the role of FAO in this regard.

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