Conservation

RFBs Sign MOU to Advance Fisheries Management in Caribbean and North Brazil LME [viewed]

fao_headquarters29 January 2016: Three regional fisheries bodies (RFBs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate improved regional coordination on sustainable fisheries management in the Western Central Atlantic Region. The MOU aims to facilitate, support and strengthen the RFBs' actions, including through the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+SAP).

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State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report Urges Action to Conserve Livestock Diversity for Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 January 2016: 'The Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (SoW-AnGR), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), underlines the key importance of livestock diversity for adapting production systems to the impacts of climate change and meeting global challenges such as increasing demand for animal protein. The report finds that global livestock diversity remains at risk, and calls for stronger efforts to conserve the existing pool of animal genetic resources.

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Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory [viewed]

cites_srilanka26 January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace.

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NGOs and Cruise Lines Partner on Ocean Conservation, Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

ocean_conservation25 January 2016: Environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the cruise industry are collaborating to restore and protect the world's oceans. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) announced a five-year partnership to support global ocean conservation, reduce RCL's environmental footprint, and raise awareness about ocean conservation among RCL passengers. The Carnival Corporation participated in The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) two-day Mapping Ocean Wealth Forum, as part of the company's support to TNC's ocean conservation efforts.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, and hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will convene under the theme, 'Growing Our Future!' to reflect the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. Five sub-thematic streams include: pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets; tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities; serving society: forestry and people; new institutions, new governance; and our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets.  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process (Regular Process) for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (World Ocean Assessment), will convene from 3-9 August. The objective for the Regular Process is to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. The Regular Process has met since 2011 and is responsible for the preparation of the World Ocean Assessment. A summary of the first Assessment was released in 2015.  

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Event: Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement [viewed]

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

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UN Releases First World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

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IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling [viewed]

iwc21 January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016.

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Event: IWC66 [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its 66th biennial meeting in Portotoz, Slovenia. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species.  

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