Conservation

Guest Article #34: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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New Species Listed under CITES Appendix III [viewed]

CITES2 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Nicaragua, Pakistan and the Russian Federation have requested the Secretariat to list sixteen new species in CITES Appendix III. The new listings will enter into force on 24 June 2014. 

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ICJ Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling Activities [viewed]

icj31 March 2014: The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's whaling research programme is “not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW)” in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin, humpback and minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. The ICJ ordered Japan to halt its whaling activities at a session in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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WECAFC Issues Recommendations on Grouper, Snapper and Queen Conch [viewed]

fao-wecafc31 March 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) adopted management recommendations on queen conch and spawning aggregations of grouper and snapper at its 15th biennial session. The Commission also adopted resolutions, the first in its 40-year existence.

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Bioversity Presents Action Plan for Mesoamerican Biodiversity and Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International31 March 2014: Bioversity International has released the 'Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources (PRG) in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' (SAPM). SAPM provides a ten-year road map for PGR conservation and use as means to improve food security and realize agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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Python Conservation Partnership Releases First Report on Captive Breeding [viewed]

iucn31 March 2014: The 'Python Conservation Partnership,' a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), released their first report, evaluating the economic feasibility and viability of captive breeding of pythons as a possible element of sustainable use and conservation of the species. The report will be presented at the meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in May 2014.

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