Conservation

2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Taskforce Prepares "Zero-Tolerance" Policy Declaration [viewed]

IMO10 December 2015: The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products has agreed to a draft declaration, to be signed in 2016, calling on zero-tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade.

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Governments, Partners Launch International Partnership for Blue Carbon [viewed]

australia_indonesia_costarica6 December 2015: The Governments of Australia, Costa Rica and Indonesia launched an International Partnership for Blue Carbon at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The partnership aims to increase understanding of and accelerate action on the role of blue carbon ecosystems in action on climate change, including both adaptation and mitigation.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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IAEG-SDGs Calls for Input on "Grey" Indicators [viewed]

iaeg-sdg9 December 2015: The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is holding a consultation on the approximately 70 proposed indicators coded as "grey," where the Group does not yet have consensus. The online consultation, open from 9-15 December 2015, seeks input from non-IAEG Member States, representatives of regional commissions and international and regional agencies, and stakeholders from academia, civil society and the private sector.

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FAO, ITTO Publications Highlight Forest Restoration Needs and Experiences [viewed]

fao_itto9 December 2015: Two publications presented at the Global Landscapes Forum, the latest issue of Unasylva, the forestry journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and an assessment of the Guidelines of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the Restoration, Management and Rehabilitation of Degraded Secondary Tropical Forests aim to shed light on the factors contributing to successful forest and landscape restoration and management.

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NEPAD with Partners Launch African Resilient Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

nepad_wb_wri6 December 2015: Launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, France, by the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and rangeland management.

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IFPRI Publishes Book on Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2015: A US$1 investment in the restoration of degraded land returns US$5, a study published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlights. The book, titled ‘Economics of land degradation and improvement: A global assessment for sustainable development,' notes that the annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about US$300 billion, with Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounting for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation.

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UNESCO African Network Discusses Aligning the Man and Biosphere Strategy to the SDGs [viewed]

UNESCO10 December 2015: As part of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, the 4th Session of the General Assembly of the African Network of Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) discussed aligning the MAB Strategy 2015–2025 to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants also discussed the Lima Action Plan of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025, and held preliminary discussions on priority areas for AfriMAB.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Honors 21 Indigenous and Local Community Groups [viewed]

equatorinitiative8 December 2015: The Equator Initiative Prize Ceremony, described as the ‘Academy Awards for Sustainable Development,' honored 21 indigenous and local community groups from 19 countries for their “outstanding achievements in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” The ceremony, which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, recognized winners for their contributions and innovations in preventing deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife species, securing land rights and creating jobs for their communities, among other actions.

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