Sustainable Use

ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties [viewed]

ITPGR1 July 2015: The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has supported a project across several states in Northern India, with focus on screening varieties of rice and other crops for climate resilience and storing the material in newly established seed banks. The project was implemented by the civil society organization Gene Campaign, in collaboration with Bioversity International and with the participation of 25,000 farmers.

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40th Anniversary of CITES Focuses on Sharks [viewed]

cites30 June 2015: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora marked its 40th birthday with a focus on sharks, announcing the release of two publications.

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Event: First Annual Forests and Livelihood: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) Network Conference [viewed]

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network, the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and the Musée de l'Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution are convening this workshop to improve the assessment of forest governance approaches as a contribution to improved forest livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The workshop will consider six themes: forest governance and landscapes, agricultural commodities, social and biological aspects of forest dependence, impact evaluations, pathways to prosperity, and climate variability and change.  

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14 [viewed]

fiji-goc-palau23 June 2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).

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CBFP Partners Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sustainable Management of Forests [viewed]

cbfp20 June 2015: The 15th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened from 15-19 June 2015, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the theme ‘Ecosystems of the Congo Basin: Valuing Natural Capital, Green Growth and Regional Development.' The meeting included a ministerial conference on wildlife conservation in Africa and an extraordinary session on future commitments by CBFP partners. The European Union will assume the role of CBFP Facilitator after a transition period in early 2016.

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GFCM Proclaims Day Against IUU Fishing; CBD Notifies on Underwater Noise and EBSAs [viewed]

cms-cbd-faoJune 2015: On the occasion of its thirty-ninth annual session, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted four binding recommendations setting emergency measures for small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, standards for bottom trawling demersal fisheries in the Strait of Sicily, and measures to ensure sustainable fisheries management and to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Black Sea. Members of the GFCM also proclaimed 24 April of each year as “International day against IUU fishing.”

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Event: Workshop on Private Sector Investment in Forest and Landscape Restoration [viewed]

This expert consultation is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Korea Forest Service. The aim of the workshop is to provide inputs and perspectives for a FAO/GM discussion paper on sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration (F&LR) initiatives, and inform the development of future policy briefs and capacity building activities on this topic. The discussions will cover, among other issues: different funding sources and instruments for (F&LR); how to address barriers to F&LR investments; case studies highlighting direct and indirect benefits for private sector investors in F&LR; and lessons and good practices for inclusion in a position paper on private sector investments in F&LR.  

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Nairobi Convention COP 8 Focuses on Western Indian Ocean's Marine and Coastal Environment Conservation [viewed]

UNEPnairobi-convention24 June 2015: The 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region convened under the theme, ‘Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.'

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WTO-CITES Publication Reaffirms Trade-Environment Links [viewed]

wto-cites22 June 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have released a publication showing how global trade and environmental regimes can support each other and cooperate to achieve shared goals. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon formally launched the publication at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 June 2015.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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