Conservation

Initiative in East Africa Launched to Address Illegal Logging and Timber Trade [viewed]

UNEP:Interpol:FAO:UNDP:UNODC26 June 2014: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced, at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), an initiative to address the illegal timber trade originating from East Africa, recognizing also that illegal logging must be mitigated, and forests managed sustainably, in order to reduce emissions from forest loss.

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GRASP Releases State of the Apes [viewed]

GRASP25 June 2014: In concert with the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA),the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) launched a report titled 'State of the Apes: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation,' which is the first in a series of policy publications focused on apes. The report emphasizes that global systems of production, consumption, and demography are inter-connected, and that rapid globalization will exert intense pressure on natural resources and ape habitats.

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UNDP and Kenya Launch Project to Halt Elephant Poaching [viewed]

undp-kenya25 June 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the first lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, launched a wildlife conservancy programme to address poaching in Amboseli, an 8,000 square-kilometer natural reserve spanning the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The project targets communities on the margins of the national park, aiming to provide them with alternatives to killing wildlife.

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Poaching Endangering World Heritage Sites [viewed]

com3823 June 2014: During the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee, the Committee lamented the impacts of poaching and illicit wildlife trade on World Heritage Sites and called for strengthened cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to protect listed Sites.

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IPBES Offers Draft Guidance on Regional and Sub-Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbes19 June 2014: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the first draft of a guidance document addressing the scoping of IPBES deliverable 2b, on regional and sub-regional assessments. The draft guidance is being circulated to member States and observers for comments to assist the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau with its finalization.

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Event: ITPGR 10th Anniversary Celebration [viewed]

Co-organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Geneva, Switzerland, office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) under the patronage of the ITPGR High-Level Task Force, this high-level event will mark the tenth anniversary of the ITPGR's entry into force. The event will focus on the Treaty's role in addressing food-deficiencies in low income countries and preview future contributions to technology innovation for food security, agricultural biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation. The agenda includes presentations on recent activities and achievements in benefit-sharing and a round table discussion on future challenges and opportunities. In addition, an overview of the currently on-going third round of projects under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund will aim to showcase the vital role of plant genetic resources in ensuring global food security and the success of the Treaty's system of access and benefit-sharing (ABS). The event will also highlight recent progress with regard to non-monetary benefit-sharing through the development of the Treaty's Global Information System on plant genetic resources, including a new initiative on seeds and genomics called “DivSeek.”  

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UNEP-WCMC Highlights Biodiversity-Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc24 June 2014: A policy brief issued by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) explains the importance of integrating biodiversity concerns in climate change policies, programmes and projects and presents recommendations and tools for achieving synergies.

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UNEP, INTERPOL Report on Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol-unep24 June 2014: On the occasion of the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), INTERPOL and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report highlighting how environmental crime is used to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and how it threatens human security and sustainable development.

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CPF Chair Supports Two Forest Targets in SDGs [viewed]

fao-cpf23 June 2014: An ideal forests scenario for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would include two forest-specific targets, according to Eduardo Rojas-Briales, chair of the 14-member Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and Assistant Deputy Director-General for Forestry, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in an interview during World Forest Week. Forests are specifically referenced under Proposed Goal 15 in the ‘Zero Draft' on the SDGs, which was released by the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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