Cooperation & Partnerships

Guest Article #37: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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FAO Committee on Agriculture Reviews Progress in Programmes and Policies [viewed]

FAO8 October 2014: The 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place from 29 September to 3 October in Rome, Italy, discussed soil management, food safety and water governance among its central themes. The biennial meeting also heard a vocal call by FAO to implement a paradigm shift to sustainable and productive agriculture, forestry and fisheries. A number of common issues, relevant for other UN entities and partnerships, were also highlighted.

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Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

cites7 October 2014: On the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly, Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discussed continued cooperation and means to stem illegal trade in timber.

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UN Report: Benefits Outweigh Costs in Investing in Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The second report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 concludes that the benefits of investing in measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity outweigh the financial costs and include multiple economic and environmental benefits.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Collaborating On Mesoamerican Reef Project [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided an update on its ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project, which is using a holistic approach to address threats to the Mesoamerican reef. The regional, cross-border project promotes reef conservation in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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Event: Colloquium on Seasonal Forecasting: Current Challenges and Potential Benefits for Decision Making in the Water Sector [viewed]

This colloquium aims to demonstrate the current state of seasonal forecasting, and will lay the groundwork and contribute to the development of guidelines for operational
 applications within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Hydrology. Colloquium participants and presenters will include representatives of scientific organizations, water authorities, and national hydrological and meteorological services (NHMSs). In addition, operational water management bodies will provide an overview about the current skills and developments of meteorological seasonal forecasts, statistical methods in pre- and post-processing, and hydrology applications.

The colloquium is targeted towards the scientific community, water authorities, NHMSs, potential users in the water sector and engineers, and is being hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology –Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG), the WMO and the IHP/HWRP Germany Secretariat.  

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Nile Basin Development Forum Calls for Cooperation through NBI [viewed]

Nile Basin Initiative7 October 2014: The 4th Nile Basin Development Forum concluded with the issue of a Declaration calling for transboundary cooperation through the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and rebuilding the relationship between Egypt and the other Nile basin countries.

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Pacific Island Countries Showcase Joint Framework at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

sprep-cbd7 October 2014: Pacific island countries shared their joint ‘Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2014-2020' during an event at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12). The Framework aligns closely with the CBD's Aichi Biodiversity Targets and National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAPs).

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TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

traffic22 September 2014: The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project has published a study prepared by TRAFFIC on illegal trade trends in wild African elephant and rhinoceros.

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Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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