INTERPOL's Infra Terra Leads to Arrest of Suspected Ivory Smuggler [viewed]

interpol10 December 2014: INTERPOL has announced that a suspected illegal ivory trader sought by its 'Operation Infra Terra - International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest' was arrested in Zambia. The arrest follows INTERPOL's public appeal to help locate individuals wanted for environmental crimes.

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UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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WIPO Organizes Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

wipo9 December 2014: Aiming to impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a practical workshop for indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 December 2014.

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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Iraq Joins ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: Iraq has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of parties to 133.

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IUCN Report Calls for Action on Ocean Carbon [viewed]

IUCN9 December 2014: A report authored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the importance of protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and of conserving fish and krill stocks to climate change mitigation and climate regulation.

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African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

Unep Logo8 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa.

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ABNJ Tuna Project Launches Shark Assessment and Management Activities [viewed]

FAO8 December 2014: The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna project launched its shark and bycatch activities at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Annual Meeting in Apia, Samoa. The project aims to reduce the impact of tuna fisheries on marine ecosystems, support implementation of sustainable, efficient fisheries management practices and reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through strengthened and harmonized monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS).

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IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia [viewed]

IUCN8 December 2014: During a World Parks Congress (WPC) event organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), participants agreed that a multidisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation and protected areas (PAs) is necessary to highlight gaps and to effectively manage PAs in the West Asia region.

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Global Landscapes Forum Launches Initiatives and Publications [viewed]

cifor-undp-fao-unep7 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened the 6-7 December 2014 at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched a number of major publications and initiatives while bringing together 1500 experts to discuss the role of landscapes approaches in addressing climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

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