Announcement / Statement

ABS Protocol Reaches 29 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD31 January 2014: Benin, Burkina Faso and Myanmar have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), bringing the total number of ratifications to 29.

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New Ramsar Secretary General Outlines Vision for the Future of Wetlands [viewed]

briggs24 January 2014: The Ramsar Convention's new Secretary General, Christopher Briggs, outlined his vision for the future of wetlands during a webinar that brought together 24 participants from nine countries, including Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) National Focal Points, STRP members, representatives of observer organizations and wetland experts.

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UNEP Announces Call for Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

UNEP29 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award. The Award seeks to honor visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

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Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza Calls Wild Birds Victims, not Vectors [viewed]

fao-cms28 January 2014: As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported a rise in highly pathogenic avian influenza in China (H7N9) and the Republic of Korea (H5N8), the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement emphasizing that wild birds are victims and not vectors of the disease. The statement also urges epidemiological evaluation and measures to control the spread of the virus.

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ITPGR Releases GB 5 Report; Announces Sri Lankan Ratification [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Secretariat has circulated the final report of the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body (GB 5), which convened from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman, and has announced that Sri Lanka has ratified the Treaty, bringing the total number of Parties to 131.

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EU/FAO Issue Call for Proposals on FLEGT [viewed]

FAO22 January 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced a call for proposals under the EU/FAO Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme. Eligible countries include those not engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with grant amounts up to €100,000.

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FOREST EUROPE Welcomes New Co-Chair [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)January 2014: The General Coordinating Committee (GCC) of FOREST EUROPE has announced a new Co-Chair, the Slovak Republic, which will join Spain as Co-Chair for the committee responsible for the work carried out under the voluntary process for the protection of forests in Europe.

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UNEP-WCMC Announces Winners of tvebiomovies 2013 Film Competition [viewed]

Unep-WcmcJanuary 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has announced the winners of a short film-making competition called 'tvebiomovies 2013.'

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Draft Updated Synthesis of Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity Available for Peer-Review [viewed]

CBD10 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer-review the draft updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity, which will be submitted for consideration to the eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held in June 2014.

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Two French Collections of Forages and Potato Included in the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: France has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) that two new collections of forages and potato are now included in the ITPGR Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing and available for transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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