Sustainable Use

GEF SGP Supporting Lobster Protection in Bahamas [viewed]

10 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced funding for a project on the Bahamas' second largest island, Abaco, to conserve the lobster population by training fishermen in sustainable fishing practices.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the final report of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Neglected Crops to Tackle Climate and Food Security Challenges [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: Addressing a seminar on "Crops for the 21st Century," José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), described the importance of conserving crop diversity, noting that approximately 7,000 plant species have been consumed as food throughout human history, and that many of these species are disappearing.

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UNGA Highlights UNCLOS as Tool for Conservation, Sustainability [viewed]

10 December 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a session to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Addressing the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the Convention's contribution to international peace and security, as well as to the equitable and efficient use of ocean resources.

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SPC Scientists Urge WCPFC to Agree on Tuna Fishery Reference Points [viewed]

SPC10 December 2012: Scientists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have urged negotiators working on a tuna fish stocks management mechanism for the Western Central Pacific to agree on reference points to drive the process.

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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CMS Workshop Discusses International Action Plan for Conservation of Argali Sheep [viewed]

6 December 2012: A workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, addressed the development of an international action plan for the conservation of argali sheep. Representatives from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the role of trophy hunting and sustainable use in the conservation of this species, which is also an important prey of the snow leopard.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the November 2012 issue of its Newsletter.

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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