Announcement / Statement

GRASP Launches Application to Save Great Apes [viewed]

unep-grasp12 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of a mobile phone application called 'apeAPP,' by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). The application allows users to learn about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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UNECE and FAO Pledge Continued Cooperation on Forests [viewed]

FAO UNECE6 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to forests through the adoption of the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests.

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CMS, IRENA and BirdLife Studying Impacts of Renewable Energy on Migratory Species [viewed]

birdlife-cms-irena-aewa10 February 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), on behalf of the entire CMS Family, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and BirdLife International are coordinating a review of renewable energy technology deployment and its impacts on migratory species.

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Operation COBRA II Announces Seizures and Arrests [viewed]

CITES10 February 2014: Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade led by officers from 28 countries, concluded with over 400 arrests in Asia and Africa and more than 350 seizures of illegal wildlife goods.

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TEEB Launches Study on Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food [viewed]

Teeb7 February 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has launched a study to review the economics of ecological-agricultural-food systems.

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UNCCD Calls for Land for Life Award Applications [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has opened the application process for the 2014 Land for Life Award.

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World Congress on Agroforestry Website Launched [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)January 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have launched a website for the World Congress on Agroforestry that relays information on the meeting as well as related publications and opinion pieces. 

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Policy Update #3: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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CITES Reveals World Wildlife Day Logo [viewed]

cites-worldlife-day3 February 2014:  The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed the logo designed to commemorate the first World Wildlife Day, to be held 3 March 2014.  

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World Wetlands Day Focuses on Agriculture [viewed]

World Wetlands Day2 February 2014: The 2014 edition of World Wetlands Day, celebrated each year on 2 February, focused on the theme 'Wetlands and Agriculture,' within the framework of the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogan for the Day was 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, agricultural and water sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.

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