Announcement / Statement

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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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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