Conservation

Event: 11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention [viewed]

The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.  

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Event: IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting [viewed]

The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.  

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Pacific Invasives Partnership Highlights GEF Proposal, Learning Network at Annual Meeting [viewed]

SPREP24 February 2014: The Pacific Invasives Partnership held its annual meeting to coordinate planning and share expertise among regional and international agencies working to curb the growing negative impact of invasive species in the region. Key discussions at the meeting included a proposal endorsed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to secure funding from the 6th replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Bioversity International, IFAD Projects in Yemen and Brazil Publish Results on NUS [viewed]

Bioversity International3 March 2014: As part of a legacy of investment since 2001 by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bioversity International in supporting neglected and underutilized species (NUS), a set of publications in international journals has been released documenting results from NUS activities in Brazil and Yemen.

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World Ocean Summit Focuses on Governance and Sustainability [viewed]

world-ocean-summit26 February 2014: The second World Ocean Summit, hosted by The Economist in partnership with National Geographic, brought together over 250 leaders from business, government, academia, international institutions, and NGOs to address growing concerns about the unsustainable impact of humans on the world's oceans.

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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UNWTO Committee to Address Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

UNWTO27 February 2014: The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), appointed by the UNWTO General Assembly in August 2013, has concluded its first meeting and defined its four-year Action Plan.

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Event: Cities Biodiversity Summit [viewed]

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

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INTERPOL Releases Report Addressing Law Enforcement on Ivory Trafficking and Poaching [viewed]

INTERPOL25 February 2014: INTERPOL has released a report, titled 'Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trafficking in East Africa: Assessment for an effective law enforcement response,' which emphasizes the need for greater information sharing to enable more proactive and effective law enforcement against trafficking syndicates. 

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FAO Releases Catalogue of Indian Ocean Deep-Sea Sharks [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a catalogue of deep-sea sharks of the Indian Ocean, with accounts from all orders, families and genera found in the region.

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