Sustainable Use

Belarus Designates Four Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Belarus Flag15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Belarus has designated four Important Bird Areas as new Wetlands of International Importance, totaling an area of over 100,000 hectares.

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CGIAR Reports Success from CRP-FTA First Year of Implementation [viewed]

CIFORApril 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) has released its 2012 CRP Performance Monitoring Report.

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UNEP and the Russian Federation Partner on Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that it has signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of the Russian Federation, covering priority environmental areas including: biodiversity conservation; the environmental aspects of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics; and environmental challenges facing the Arctic.

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FAO Infosylva Features UNFF10 Opening [viewed]

FAOApril 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the latest edition of its Infosylva newsletter. It features upcoming events and news items related to both FAO and forests, including a new FAO publication on guidelines for developing national forest financing strategies.

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal [viewed]

11 April 2013: The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas, in the run up to negotiations on this topic in 2014.

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Guest Article #17: CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Reports on its 17th Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released the first issue for 2013 of the newsletter of its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which features articles on the 17th meeting of the STRP, which was held in February 2013, Ramsar's engagement in the post-2015 development agenda consultation on water, and a key biodiversity area criteria and delineation workshop, which was held in March in Front Royal, Virginia, US.

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ECCAS Countries Adopt Plan to Protect Elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic [viewed]

23 March 2013: Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) representing ministries of foreign affairs, defense and security issues, regional integration and wildlife protection convened an emergency meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and adopted an emergency anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries.

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Montenegro Designates Special Flora and Fauna Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Montenegro has designated Tivat Saline, a Special Flora and Fauna Reserve located in the coastal strip of Tivat Bay, as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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