Sustainable Use

UNEP Supports China's Next Five-Year Plan; Partners with Xinhua News Agency [viewed]

unep_china10 June 2015: A High-level Expert Panel of Chinese Government Officials and representatives of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) adopted recommendations with regard to incorporating environmental and sustainable development objectives in China's upcoming Five-Year Plan 2016-2020.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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IATA and CITES to Cooperate in Fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites-iata8 June 2015: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with regard to cooperation on the reduction of illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.

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ASEAN Social Forestry Experts Meet [viewed]

ASEAN ASFN4 June 2015: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Social Forestry Network (ASFN) met from 1-5 June 2015 for its 6th Conference and 9th Annual Meeting. The conference focused on the role of social forestry in supporting community livelihoods and environmental conservation.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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Event: 51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council [viewed]

The meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider recommendations for tropical forest-related policies and approve financing for field-level projects. The ITTC serves as the governing body for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam [viewed]

FAO and IKEA Partner in Viet Nam3 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced a partnership with IKEA to support forest certification in Viet Nam. The partnership aims to identify and evaluate options for and barriers to sustainable forest management (SFM) certification while empowering forest-dependent communities.

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First Meeting of Pacific Ocean Alliance Calls to Replace “Patchwork Quilt” with Holistic Governance Regime [viewed]

PIFS27 May 2015: The Pacific Ocean Alliance held its inaugural meeting and discussed the priorities of Pacific Island countries in relation to resources found in areas beyond national jurisdiction, for example, tuna and deep-sea ecosystems. The meeting concluded with an affirmation to maintain the focus on proclaiming the maritime boundaries of Pacific Island nations, to ensure that they benefit from the sustainable use, management and conservation of ocean resources.

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