Bioversity International Releases Toolkit for Practical Use of Biodiversity Indicators [viewed]

Biodiversity International17 November 2014: Bioversity International, in collaboration with partners, has released the 'Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS),' which provides guidance for the organization of workshops on the practical use of such indicators in the field.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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FAO Highlights Role of Protected Areas in Food Security [viewed]

FAO13 November 2014: On the occasion of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a publication highlighting the links between people and protected areas. The paper, titled 'Protected Areas, People and Food Security - An FAO contribution to the World Parks Congress,' focuses on meeting the dual challenges of protecting biodiversity through in situ conservation while fulfilling basic needs for food and nutrition security.

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress [viewed]

us-kiribati14 November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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INTERPOL General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Environmental Security [viewed]

interpol14 November 2014: The 83rd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly has adopted resolution AG-2014-RES-03, titled 'INTERPOL response to emerging threats in Environmental Security,' which urges member countries of INTERPOL to raise awareness of environmental crimes and violations, their causes and their impact among law enforcement authorities.

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European Countries Discuss Next CITES Plants and Standing Committees [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES14 November 2014: Some 45 experts from 18 European countries met from 11-14 November, in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss plant-related issues and make recommendations for the next meetings of the Plants and Standing Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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