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African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

conf-labff-brazzaMay 2015: Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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Marine Conservation Workshops Focus on IUU, EBSAs and Invasives [viewed]

cms_sprep_faoheadquartersMay 2015: Ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs), seagrass conservation, invasive species, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing have been the focus of marine conservation initiatives and workshops held throughout April and May.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on Key Achievements [viewed]

Mountain Partnership18 May 2015: In its annual report, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD). Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the report, titled ‘A Year-long Ascent,' describes work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

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2015 Global Land Forum Focuses on Africa, Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

global_land_forum16 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum (GLF), which met under the theme ‘Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action,' brought together practitioners, land users, activists, policymakers and researchers from around the world to debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance. The Forum aimed to contribute to international goals related to poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including those within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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IPBES Secretariat Seeks Reviewers for Deliverable 3c [viewed]

ipbes12 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced that the report on 'policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services' (Deliverable 3c) is in its second phase of development.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

ITPGR8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has opened the electronic consultation on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The consultation, based on an electronic survey, will be open until 24 May 2015.

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