Africa

GRASP to Use Sina Weibo to Promote Great Ape Conservation [viewed]

GRASPDecember 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will engage with Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, to reach out to a Chinese audience about the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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FAO and CPW Explore Wild Meat Markets and Consumption [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a second fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) focusing on wild meat. The fact sheet outlines the importance of wild meat for food and nutrition security while noting that many issues remain with regard to its harvesting, safe handling and marketing.

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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Policy Update #2: CMS COP11 Shines Spotlight on Conservation in Central Asia [viewed]

One of the important outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) was the adoption of the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI), an innovative and comprehensive framework for the conservation of 15 species of Central Asian mammals, including the iconic and threatened snow leopard, argali sheep, saiga antelope, Asiatic wild ass and the Asiatic cheetah.[1]

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FAO Initiative Supports Identification of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

FAO28 November 2014: An initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is supporting fishers, observers and inspectors in the identification of sharks and rays. The 'Sharks and Rays Initiative' also seeks to: raise awareness for the protection of island biodiversity; enable compliance with new international measures; and address global pressures on shark and ray conservation.

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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CITES Virtual College Accessible in Chinese [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES26 November 2014: The Virtual College of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been translated into Chinese in an effort to reach a wider audience and assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities. Already more than 20,000 users have accessed the College, with 8 out of the top 20 user countries located in regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping [viewed]

IMO19 November 2013: Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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