Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Romania and Bulgaria Designate Transboundary Ramsar Sites [viewed]

romania-bulgaria-flag7 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria have requested the Ramsar Secretariat to recognize three earlier-listed Ramsar Sites, part of the Lower Danube Green Corridor, as Transboundary Ramsar Sites.

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UNESCO, CITES and UNEP Draw Spotlight on the Need to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unesco-unep-cites6 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Chinese actress, Li Bingbing, have recently undertaken activities to address wildlife crime and highlight the gravity of its impacts.

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Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources Advances in Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGR6 May 2013: As part of the 58th annual meeting of the Central American Cooperative Programme for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (Programa Cooperativo Centroamericano para el Mejoramiento de Cultivos y Animales (PCCMCA), held from 22-26 April 2013, working groups were established to address priorities and challenges in adapting to climate change in the region.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on LULUCF [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing the views of eight parties and one NGO on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) issues referred to in Decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5-7 (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.8). 

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Turkey Designates Volcano Caldera as its 14th Ramsar Site [viewed]

Turkey3 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Turkey has named the caldera of the Nemrut volcano located on the western shore of Lake Van in the eastern part of the country, and one of the most important wetlands of Bitlis province, as its 14th Wetland of International Importance.

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Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reserve [viewed]

= oman-flag2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal Wetland [viewed]

kiribiti-flag1 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Adopts Draft Resolution on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNODC26 April 2013: The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has adopted a revised draft resolution on 'Crime prevention and criminal justice responses to illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora' and has recommended its adoption to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Draft Strategic Plan for Migratory Species Released for Comments [viewed]

CMS26 April 2013: The first draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, prepared by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Intersessional Strategic Plan Working Group, has been released for comments, which are requested by 30 September 2013.

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Event: Land for Business–Business for Land [viewed]

The workshop on 'Land for Business – Business for Land: The Economics of Land Degradation' will serve as catalyst for private sector involvement in the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative. Corporate strategists, leaders in sustainability and other representatives of the business community will be asked to outline their needs within the context of further development of the ELD private sector work programme. The objectives of the workshop are to: Understand companies‘ needs; Profile the economic valuation of land and ecosystems services within business strategy development; Identify business sectors most affected by land degradation and explore how to document the impact of unmitigated risk on business strategy and value chains; Raise awareness of options for managing land degradation risk; Explore examples of sustainable land use in specific sectors and showcase enterprises implementing scalable, win-win solutions; Identify barriers to scaling up good practices and explore options to enable the private sector to invest in sustainable land management; and Identify a programme of work and sector leaders to be integrated into subsequent stages of the ELD Initiative. The workshop will take place in the context of the BONN PERSPECTIVES, an initiative of the City of Bonn and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.  

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