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Ceremony Marks Extension of CMS, UAE Agreement; Accessions to CMS MoUs [viewed]

cms-cop105 November 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a Partnership Agreement extension, including a US$1.3 million financial contribution. Under the original Agreement, a CMS office was established in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2009.

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EEPSEA, WorldFish Partnership Supports Sustainable Resource Management in Asia [viewed]

WorldFishNovember 2014: WorldFish has published a feature article on a partnership between the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) and WorldFish that supports sustainable resource management in communities across Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam by providing access to research grants, mentors and literature, and opportunities for training and knowledge sharing for local researchers.

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CMS COP11 Side-Event Discusses Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds [viewed]

birdlife-cms-rspb5 November 2014: Participants gathered at the margins of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) for a side-event on the conservation of African-Eurasian migratory landbirds.

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CMS Hosts Event on Renewable Energy, Power Lines and Migratory Species [viewed]

cms-bridlife4 November 2014: A side-event to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), organized by BirdLife International and the Secretariats of the CMS, the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), and the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), highlighted the impacts of renewable energy developments on bird populations.

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UNEP Magazine 'Our Planet' Focuses on Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) ‘Our Planet' magazine focuses on interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas under the heading ‘Climate for Life.' The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation.

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TTM Report Discusses Market Impacts of Ebola [viewed]

Itto31 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-31 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the current debate over whether insurance for the risk of natural disasters will cover timber market disruptions caused by the Ebola outbreak.

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Guest Article #26: Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. At that time, the imperative of those whaling nations was wholly commercial, but nevertheless, they acknowledged the importance of conservation as well as regulation, when they created the Convention that continues to underpin the work of the IWC today.

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Sharks High on the Agenda at CMS COP11 [viewed]

CMS31 October 2014: In the run up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), the CMS Secretariat published an editorial highlighting the urgent need for global protection of sharks, noting that the shark-diving industry can be worth more than the shark-fishing industry.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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