General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean Adopts Recommendations on By-Catch and Corals [viewed]

17 May 2011: The 35th session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has decided to set up a task force toward a possible revision of the GFCM agreement, with a view to more effectively implementing the precautionary approach and ecosystem approach to fisheries management, including relevant compliance and enforcement mechanisms.

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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PILN Highlighted as Model of South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity [viewed]

17 May 2011: The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) is being featured at an Expert Meeting on South-South Cooperation. The meeting, which is taking place in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 18-20 May 2011, will seek to develop action plans for South-South cooperation on biodiversity preservation.

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Ramsar, UNECE Collaborate on Transboundary Wetlands Assessment [viewed]

16 May 11: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) is collaborating with the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) in carrying out the Second Assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE Pan-European region.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

16 May 2011: Opening the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that "Indigenous peoples have been living in a “green economy” for centuries," and stressed the need to learn from indigenous communities in order to achieve sustainable development.

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WIPO Committee Negotiates Texts on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expressions, Genetic Resources [viewed]

13 May 2011: The 18th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) resulted in a single negotiating text on each of the three items referred to in the IGC's mandate: traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources. The session took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CMS Expert Recognized for Saiga Antelope Recovery [viewed]

12 May 2011: An expert with the Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA), Elena Bykova of Uzbekistan, has been awarded the Whitley Award by the Whitley Fund for Nature in recognition of her long-term conservation effort and impact towards the recovery of the Saiga Antelope (Saigo spp) in Uzbekistan. The SCA is part of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Saiga Antelope Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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World Migratory Bird Day 2011 Focuses on Land Use Changes [viewed]

15 May 2011: In 2011, World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated on 14-15 May under the theme"Land use changes from a bird's-eye view."

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UNIDO Study Outlines Opportunities and Challenges for African Agribusiness and Agro-industries [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published a study, titled “Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity,” which focuses on the opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries.

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UNESCO Director-General Outlines Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

9 May 2011: In her opening statement to the 186th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, outlined UNESCO's preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), its efforts to raise the profile of biodiversity conservation, and its support to efforts to address climate change.

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