Conservation

Event: CBD Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pacific on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the aim of this workshop on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets is to assist Parties in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and their mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels.  

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CITES Announces New Web Resource on Sharks and Rays [viewed]

CITES22 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) has announced the establishment of a web section on sharks and manta rays. The announcement was also made during the 23rd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). 

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GEF Invests in Coastal Watershed Management in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank21 November 2013: The World Bank has announced a US$39.5 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to protect coastal watersheds in Mexico. The announcement follows a 13 November 2013 National Dialogue in Mexico City to identify and align best practices with national funding priorities. The project is intended to support local communities' efforts to address deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss adjacent to protected areas, including through payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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IUCN Asia Parks Congress Highlights the Role of Protected Areas for Human Well-Being [viewed]

IUCN19 November 2013: The first Asia Parks Congress concluded with a call for greater collaboration to ensure the contribution of protected areas to human well-being in the region. The next International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in 2014, under the theme 'Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions,' will build on the Asia Parks Congress. to highlight the role that protected areas play in conserving nature while also delivering ecosystem services and contributing to the goals of economic and community well-being in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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OWG 8 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGANovember 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued six briefs in preparation for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OWG 8 will convene from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US.

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Caribbean Fisheries Working Group Calls for Closing Season [viewed]

FAO21 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that the Joint Working Group of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) on Spawning Aggregations recorded reduced numbers of fish, such as groupers and snappers, in many aggregations and the relatively smaller size of most remaining aggregations, due to overfishing. 

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CBD LifeWeb Initiative Launches Zero Extinction Campaign [viewed]

LifeWeb13 November 2013: Launched by the LifeWeb Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and officially unveiled at the seventeenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the Zero Extinction Campaign aims to provide countries with a platform to profile their financial needs to prevent species extinctions and achieve related Aichi targets in the effort to stem biodiversity loss.

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PROFOR Highlights Community Forestry Potential in Nepal [viewed]

PROFOR12 November 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released the Nepal Forest Sector Strategy, which highlights the 5.6 percent annual conversion rate of forests in the country and makes recommendations on resource mobilization for forest conservation and forestry.

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CIFOR Leads Panel on How to Get REDD+ Off the Ground [viewed]

Get REDD Off the Ground15 November 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized ‘Getting REDD+ Off the Ground: Challenges and Opportunities,' which focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the Role of Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forests and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks in Developing Countries (REDD+)' on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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GBIF Announces New Citizen Science Platform for the Oceans [viewed]

GBIf13 November 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced a partnership with a citizen science platform called 'Diveboard,' allowing recreational divers to contribute records of species occurrences from the world's oceans, including inland water bodies. The data will help support marine biologists' research worldwide.

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