Conservation

Malaysia MPA Will Protect Sharks, Local Livelihoods [viewed]

coral-triangle-initiative7 March 2016: Malaysia's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Masidi, announced that Malaysia will establish a 1.6 million hectare marine protected area (MPA) in north Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, a region with the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia. The Tun Mustapha Marine Park and shark sanctuary aims to balance the livelihoods of growing coastal populations with environmental protection, as part of regional efforts through the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2016 [viewed]

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

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World Wildlife Day 2016 Focuses on Illicit Trafficking, Poaching [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2016: In celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2016, organized around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed illicit trafficking in wildlife. Participants in the discussion stressed the need for: enhancing governance; taking individual responsibility; involving all relevant stakeholders; strengthening law enforcement; addressing corruption; engaging and empowering the communities that live in the proximity where wildlife lives; and addressing the lack of staff and capacity. The sub-theme of the Day was "The future of elephants is in our hands," to draw special attention to African and Asian elephants.

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes428 February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also launched several new assessments and elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair.

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Seven Biodiversity-related Conventions Discuss Strengthening Implementation, Synergies [viewed]

seven-biodiversity-related-conventions18 February 2016: Representatives of the Parties to seven biodiversity-related conventions held a workshop to explore ways to strengthen synergies and improve efficiency among the conventions, with a view to enhancing their implementation at all levels. The options and elements for a possible roadmap elaborated during the workshop will be submitted to the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in May 2016.

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CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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CMS MOS2 Agrees to Protect 22 Additional Species of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

mos222 February 2016: At the Second Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), countries agreed to protect an additional 22 species of sharks and rays. The 22 species listed include five species of sawfish, three of thresher shark, nine species of mobula ray, the reef manta ray, the giant manta ray, the silky shark, the great hammerhead and the scalloped hammerhead.

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