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UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms [viewed]

UNESCO IOC9 April 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO.

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CTI-CFF Countries Note Marine Management Progress, Take Steps to Establish Regional Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative31 March 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) member countries describe “modest indications” of positive changes in ecological and social conditions in CTI sites, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. In addition, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have taken steps towards ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the permanent CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Indonesia Donates to ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 April 2014: Indonesia has become the first developing country to make a voluntary financial contribution into the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). 

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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New Species Listed under CITES Appendix III [viewed]

CITES2 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Nicaragua, Pakistan and the Russian Federation have requested the Secretariat to list sixteen new species in CITES Appendix III. The new listings will enter into force on 24 June 2014. 

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ICJ Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling Activities [viewed]

icj31 March 2014: The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's whaling research programme is “not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW)” in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin, humpback and minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. The ICJ ordered Japan to halt its whaling activities at a session in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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Updated FAO Database Shows Increasing Aquaculture Output Globally [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The global volume of aquaculture output is comparable to that of capture fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Global Aquaculture Production Volume and Value Statistics Database. FAO updated this volume and its database to 2012.

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Python Conservation Partnership Releases First Report on Captive Breeding [viewed]

iucn31 March 2014: The 'Python Conservation Partnership,' a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), released their first report, evaluating the economic feasibility and viability of captive breeding of pythons as a possible element of sustainable use and conservation of the species. The report will be presented at the meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in May 2014.

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