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Greater Efforts Needed to Reach CBD 2020 Targets on Biodiversity Awareness [viewed]

uebt-cbd25 June 2015: According to research commissioned by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), an average of 69% of respondents in nine countries say they have heard of biodiversity, and additional outreach efforts are needed if the world is to reach global targets on biodiversity awareness set under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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GFCM Proclaims Day Against IUU Fishing; CBD Notifies on Underwater Noise and EBSAs [viewed]

cms-cbd-faoJune 2015: On the occasion of its thirty-ninth annual session, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted four binding recommendations setting emergency measures for small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, standards for bottom trawling demersal fisheries in the Strait of Sicily, and measures to ensure sustainable fisheries management and to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Black Sea. Members of the GFCM also proclaimed 24 April of each year as “International day against IUU fishing.”

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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Bioversity Supported Seedbank Strengthens Community-based Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International18 June 2015: Supported by Bioversity International and the Deendayal Research Institute, a new community seedbank is strengthening the capacity of indigenous farmers in the southern foothills of the Himalayas to save and re-use seed and to sustainably manage their agricultural biodiversity.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Outcomes of Benefit-Sharing Fund-Supported Project in Northern India [viewed]

ITPGR19 June 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has reported on the outcomes of 'Seeds for Life,' a project in Northern India supported by the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. The report highlights yield improvements in rice and wheat agriculture, development of resilient crop varieties, and conservation of such varieties on-farm and in local seed banks.

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‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism [viewed]

SPREP19 June 2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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ITTO-CITES Partnership Targets Tropical Timber [viewed]

ITTO CITESJune 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) released a newsletter update on their partnership for the implementation of the listing of tropical tree species. The newsletter states that 40 new activities were approved under the second phase of the partnership.

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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Indicators and Monitoring the Focus of SFM Work [viewed]

fao-forests-cifor-wbJune 2015: Governance, indicators and monitoring have been the focus of a number of forest-related initiatives seeking to: establish standards for monitoring and evaluation; build capacity for their application; and ensure that forest management can contribute to livelihoods, the delivery of ecosystem services and the achievement of sustainable development.

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