Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNFF Photo Competition Finalists Selected [viewed]

8 March 2013: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has announced the finalists and honorable mention recipients for the first ever International Forest Photograph Awards, which were established to capture the relationship between people and forests throughout the world.

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ADB Symposium Addresses Wildlife Crime in Asia [viewed]

ADB11 March 2013: A three-day symposium organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) brought together senior justices, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, wildlife and environment police, customs officers and government enforcement experts to identify actions to address wildlife crime in Asia.

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World Bank GTI Convenes Meeting to Advance Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

9 March 2013: Representatives and experts from twelve snow leopard range countries convened in Bangkok on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16) to advance national preparations for the 2013 International Snow Leopard Conservation Forum.

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GLISPA, Micronesia Challenge Strategize on Next Phases [viewed]

8 March 2013: At recent meetings, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Steering Committee discussed strategies for achieving GLISPA's goals for 2013, including combating invasive species, stimulating "blue-green" economic growth and accomplishing debt-for-adaptation swaps to finance ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities, while the Micronesia Challenge discussed its second phase.

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Swaziland Joins Ramsar Convention [viewed]

7 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Swaziland has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 165th contracting party.

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Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Discusses Cooperation on Poaching and Illicit Trade [viewed]

7 March 2013:  The first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks (WENs) met on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16) to strengthen regional enforcement capacity, coordination and response to wildlife crime.

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ITTO Helps Countries Plan for the Next Economic Crisis [viewed]

6 March 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its latest technical report, titled "Riding Out the Storm," on increasing the resilience of tropical timber markets to economic and financial crisis. The report is intended to help tropical timber markets avoid negative impacts from decreased investment, lower demand, increased unemployment and a slowdown in research associated with global financial crises.

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CITES and UNEP Collaborate on Wild and Precious Photo Exhibition [viewed]

6 March 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of an international photography exhibition and book titled “Wild and Precious.” Organized by the GoodPlanet Foundation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and launched on the occasion of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to CITES in Bangkok, Thailand, the exhibition aims to raise awareness on trade in endangered species.

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Guinea-Bissau Creates National Ramsar Committee [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that during a stakeholder meeting held on the occasion of the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2013, Agostinho da Costa, Secretary of State for Environment and Tourism, signed an inter-ministerial decree for the creation of a National Ramsar Committee in Guinea-Bissau.

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International Land Coalition Launches Initiative to Promote Innovation [viewed]

March 2013: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has announced that it is accepting expressions of interest for projects piloting high impact innovations in securing and protecting land rights.

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