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UNESCO Adds 13 Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO12 June 2014: The International Coordinating Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme has added 13 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Network now includes 631 sites in 119 countries, including 14 transboundary reserves.

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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Asian Shark Fishing and Trading States Adopt Xiamen Declaration [viewed]

CITES12 June 2014: A regional workshop for key Asian shark fishing and trading States reviewed the status of sharks as well as the legal, administrative and management regimes for shark fisheries. Participants assessed the challenges and opportunities afforded by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) marine species listings.

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Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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CIFOR Reviews Scientific Evidence on Palm Oil and Biodiversity [viewed]

CIFORApril 2014: An Info Brief published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that evidence documenting the impacts of palm oil plantations on biodiversity is limited. Based on available studies, the brief recommends using a precautionary approach alongside best practices for environmental management, while avoiding the conversion of additional natural forests to plantations.

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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Snow Leopard Range States Identify Conservation Landscapes and Discuss Next Steps [viewed]

global-snow-leopard10 June 2014: The National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop concluded with agreement on the next steps to address the implementation of priority snow leopard conservation activities, including funding. 

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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World Bank Supports Natural Capital Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

waves28 May 2014: The World Bank has approved a $700,615 grant to support the development and institutionalization of natural capital accounting (NCA) in the Philippines. The Philippine Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems (Phil-WAVES) project will build capacity and generate data and indicators for the sustainable management of minerals and mangroves, and promote the integration of sustainable development principles in the country's policies and programs.

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WorldFish and Partners Release Publication on Sustainable Aquaculture Scenarios [viewed]

wri-worldfish-worldbank5 June 2014: Farmed fish and shellfish production will need to increase by 133% between 2010 and 2050 to meet projected fish demand globally, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank and Kasetsart University. The study findings are presented in a report, titled ‘Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture,' which the organizations launched in a webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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