Conservation

Monaco Assessment Calls for Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean [viewed]

monaco10 June 2015: A meeting of biodiversity experts and other key actors has examined the extent to which conservation in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is achieving targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Participants at the meeting adopted the 'The Monaco Assessment Declaration,' which notes that a "Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, adopted and implemented by the Antarctic Treaty Parties, and broadly accepted by all, would provide an effective means to improve the outlook for the region."

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Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils [viewed]

international year of soils23 June 2015: ‘Understanding Mountain Soils,' a joint publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the University of Turin, offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils as a contribution to the International Year of Soils 2015. The publication was launched on the opening day of the GSP Plenary Assembly in Rome, Italy.

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WTO-CITES Publication Reaffirms Trade-Environment Links [viewed]

wto-cites22 June 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have released a publication showing how global trade and environmental regimes can support each other and cooperate to achieve shared goals. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon formally launched the publication at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 June 2015.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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Bioversity Supported Seedbank Strengthens Community-based Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International18 June 2015: Supported by Bioversity International and the Deendayal Research Institute, a new community seedbank is strengthening the capacity of indigenous farmers in the southern foothills of the Himalayas to save and re-use seed and to sustainably manage their agricultural biodiversity.

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Event: CITES CoP17 [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

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UNEP Report Assesses Ecosystem Services in Western Indian Ocean [viewed]

UNEP23 June 2015: Ecosystem services in the Western Indian Ocean region are valued at US$25 billion annually, according to a 'Regional State of the Coast Report' by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines threats to the region's coral reefs, fisheries and oceans, including urbanization and unsustainable fishing and extraction practices. UNEP released the report at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention, which is taking place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Outcomes of Benefit-Sharing Fund-Supported Project in Northern India [viewed]

ITPGR19 June 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has reported on the outcomes of 'Seeds for Life,' a project in Northern India supported by the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. The report highlights yield improvements in rice and wheat agriculture, development of resilient crop varieties, and conservation of such varieties on-farm and in local seed banks.

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‘Blue Days' Conference Develops Plan to Strengthen Pacific Marine Ecotourism [viewed]

SPREP19 June 2015: Participants agreed on a plan of action to strengthen tourism in the Pacific region at a marine-based ecotourism conference. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is expected to discuss the project and its framework at its annual meeting in September 2015.

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ITTO-CITES Partnership Targets Tropical Timber [viewed]

ITTO CITESJune 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) released a newsletter update on their partnership for the implementation of the listing of tropical tree species. The newsletter states that 40 new activities were approved under the second phase of the partnership.

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