Sustainable Use

UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Adopts Draft Resolution on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNODC26 April 2013: The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has adopted a revised draft resolution on 'Crime prevention and criminal justice responses to illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora' and has recommended its adoption to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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FAO Documents Wildlife Extinction Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

FAOMay 2013: Highlighting the risks posed by climate change to biodiversity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a study that documents climate-induced changes to ecosystems and measures to promote adaptation.

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UAE Designates Wetland in Abu Dhabi as Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

UAE Flag29 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated Al Wathba Wetland Reserve as its fourth Wetland of International Importance. It is also the first Ramsar Site designated in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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GEF Showcases Investments in Ecosystem Services and Adaptation for Food Security [viewed]

GEFApril 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has released a study, titled "Two Decades of Experience: Investing in Ecosystem Services and Adaptation for Food Security," which provides an overview of  the GEF's investments in ecosystem services and improved food security system during 1991-2011. 

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New Ramsar Secretary General Appointed [viewed]

christopher_briggs25 April 2013: The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced that Christopher Briggs has been appointed to, and has accepted, the position of Secretary General. He will succeed Tiéga Anada, who has served the Convention in that position for the past six years.

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UNODC and CITES Call for Action on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

CITES UNODC23 April 2013: At the meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), called on the international community to strengthen its response to wildlife crime through legislation, law enforcement, criminal analysis and international cooperation.

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CGRFA 14 Adopts GPA on Forest Genetic Resources, Genebank Standards [viewed]

FAO19 April 2013: The fourteenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) was held from 15-19 April 2013, at FAO headquarters, in Rome, Italy, and marked the Commission's 30th anniversary.

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CBFP, China Discuss SFM in Forest Dialogues [viewed]

congo_basin_forest_partnership18 April 2013: Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) members participated in two informal forest dialogues with China, both of which were held in Douala, Cameroon. Since 2007-2008, CBFP members have engaged in informal dialogues with Chinese actors on sustainable forest management (SFM) and issues such as certification, timber traceability and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Union. The two recent dialogues aimed to improve forest governance, reduce poverty and more sustainably manage forest resources.

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EU Votes to Adopt Ban on Fish Discards [viewed]

European Union 16 April 2013: The European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt a ban on discarding unwanted fish caught in the Skagerrak, a strait connecting the Baltic and the North Seas. The ban, which will be implemented between 2014 and 2016, requires all fishing vessels to land all caught fish, regardless of fish size or species.

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Bioversity International Project Explores Link between Farming and Biodiversity in Cuba [viewed]

Bioversity International16 April 2013: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project, implemented by Bioversity International, will be officially launched in May to address issues of farming and biodiversity conservation within two Cuban "Man and the Biosphere Reserves."

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