National Action

CBD Invites Action Plans for PoWPA Implementation [viewed]

CBD26 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested Parties to submit action plans for the implementation of the CBD programme of work on protected areas (PoWPA).

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CITES, WCO Support Discussion on Measures to Combat Illegal Trade [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) supported a roundtable discussion on measures to prevent and combat illegal trade in endangered species. During the ministerial segment, participants recognized the need to raise the awareness of heads of State about the scale of illegal wildlife trafficking, and its impacts beyond wildlife conservation, including on the tourism sector and local livelihoods.

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CIFOR Assesses Indonesian Moratorium on Forest Concessions [viewed]

January 2012: Following the Indonesian Government's declaration in May 2011 of a two-year moratorium on new forest concession licences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper examining the significance of this moratorium on forest governance.

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CIFOR Examines Role of Indonesian Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an information brief, titled "Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia," which calls for research to address information and communication gaps related to land use and carbon dynamics.

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World Bank Institute Sponsors Training for Tiger Protection in Thailand [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2012: The World Bank Institute (WBI) is supporting the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) through a tiger conservation program in Thailand, which focuses on patrolling and mapping threat levels, as well as training conservation professionals to aid in these efforts.

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Denmark Designates 39th Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Denmark has designated its 39th Wetland of International Importance. The site, comprising three wide valleys - Ørsted Dal, Pingel Dal and Enhjørningen Dal - is located in Greenland.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 92 Signatures, Two Ratifications [viewed]

CBD3 February 2012: The number of signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 92, following recent signatures by Australia, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Moldova, Senegal, Thailand and Ukraine.

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IUCN GPA Newsletter Highlights Role of Governance in Protected Areas [viewed]

February 2012: In its latest issue, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Protected Area Programme (GPAP) newsletter highlights the value of good governance in protected areas, as well as a conservation project in Quebec, Canada and anti-poaching efforts in Africa and Asia.

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Seven New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

10 February 2012: Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, South Sudan and Suriname have joined the UN-REDD Programme as partners and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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AfDB Supports Improved Access to Water and Sanitation in Darfur [viewed]

AfDB3 February 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a €3.3 million grant through the African Water Facility (AWF) to finance plans to improve water supply and sanitation in the Darfur region.

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