Conservation

UN General Assembly Designates 3 March as World Wildlife Day [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES23 December 2013: The UN General Assembly has adopted Resolution A/C.2/68/L.48, which designates 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of wild fauna and flora worldwide. 

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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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Drin Basin Conference Engages Stakeholders on Transboundary Management [viewed]

unece-gwp17 December 2013: The 2nd Drin Basin Multi-Stakeholders Conference provided stakeholders from throughout the Drin Basin an opportunity to consult on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Management of the Drin Basin (Drin MoU), signed on 25 November 2011, by Albania, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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UN-REDD Discusses Tenure Policy Issues [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on REDD+ and the tenure of land, forests and other natural resources. The brief highlights the contribution of tenure in identifying stakeholders and facilitating equitable benefit sharing in REDD+.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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FAO's Unasylva Highlights Forests and Trees for Food Security [viewed]

FAODecember 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2013 volume of Unasylva on the theme 'Forests for Food Security and Nutrition.' The volume features articles arising from the FAO-hosted first global conference to address the role of forests and trees outside forests, in food security and nutrition – the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. 

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Ramsar Addresses Wise Use of Urban and Peri-urban Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar12 December 2013: The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released a briefing note, titled 'Towards the wise use of urban and peri-urban wetlands,' which expands on the 'Principles for the planning and management of urban and peri-urban wetlands' agreed by the contracting parties and aimed at helping managers and planners of towns and cities ensure the wise use of wetlands.

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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