Capacity Building & Education

GRASP to Use Sina Weibo to Promote Great Ape Conservation [viewed]

GRASPDecember 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will engage with Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, to reach out to a Chinese audience about the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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Event: Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum [viewed]

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

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FAO and Partners Build Capacity to Record Southern African Forest Statistics [viewed]

fao-sadc-itto27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) convened a workshop on forest statistics for southern Africa. The meeting aimed to build the capacity of national forestry agencies and statistical institutions to gather and use data on forest products so as to contribute to policy formulation and decision-making.

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International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection [viewed]

UNESCO IOC21 November 2014: The Second International Ocean Research Conference has concluded with over 600 scientists from 70 countries calling for improved ocean protection and recommending an inclusive concept of ocean research to address challenges such as over-exploitation of marine resources and biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and harmful algae blooms.

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FAO Paper Advocates Rights-Based Approach to Agricultural Development [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: The Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a working paper on engaging local farming knowledge through a rights-based approach to agricultural development. The paper argues that agricultural development efforts should support the integration of different knowledge systems in various areas and sectors of agriculture to achieve sustainable development objectives.

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FAO Initiative Supports Identification of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

FAO28 November 2014: An initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is supporting fishers, observers and inspectors in the identification of sharks and rays. The 'Sharks and Rays Initiative' also seeks to: raise awareness for the protection of island biodiversity; enable compliance with new international measures; and address global pressures on shark and ray conservation.

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INTERPOL Meetings Developing a United Message on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol27 November 2014: A series of INTERPOL Environmental Crime Working Group meetings have focused on developing a joint international strategy to address a broad range of wildlife, forest and pollution-related crime.

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Workshop in Colombia Addresses Implementation of CITES Shark Measures [viewed]

CITES27 November 2014: A workshop on the implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) measures regulating international trade in five shark species brought together more than 60 representatives from CITES authorities and fisheries agencies, customs officials, and other experts, representing over 20 countries.

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IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference [viewed]

IMO18 November 2014: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared strategies for implementing its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) with flag and port authorities, ship operators, engineering firms and other stakeholders at the Seventh Annual Middle-East Shiptech Conference. The conference explored how the Middle East region can best apply technology to maximize energy efficiency, fuel economy and shipping safety.

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