Sustainable Use

Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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COFI Takes Action on IUU Fishing by Endorsing Flag State Performance Guidelines [viewed]

FAO11 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) endorsed the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance at its 31st session. The Guidelines aim to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems.

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EU Launches Large Carnivore Coexistence Initiative [viewed]

European Union 10 June 2014: The European Commission has launched the 'EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores,' an initiative meant to bring together farmers, conservationists, hunters, landowners and scientists to exchange best practices and to promote dialogue on coexisting with Europe's five species of large carnivores.

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CIFOR Reviews Scientific Evidence on Palm Oil and Biodiversity [viewed]

CIFORApril 2014: An Info Brief published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that evidence documenting the impacts of palm oil plantations on biodiversity is limited. Based on available studies, the brief recommends using a precautionary approach alongside best practices for environmental management, while avoiding the conversion of additional natural forests to plantations.

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Snow Leopard Range States Identify Conservation Landscapes and Discuss Next Steps [viewed]

global-snow-leopard10 June 2014: The National Focal Points Action Planning, Leadership and Capacity Development Workshop concluded with agreement on the next steps to address the implementation of priority snow leopard conservation activities, including funding. 

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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FAO Booklet Features 10 CSA Best Practices from Around the World [viewed]

FAO6 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet showcasing ten best practices from its climate smart agriculture (CSA) approach to the crop, fishery, forestry and livestock sectors. The report, titled ‘FAO success stories on CSA,' stresses the urgency of tackling climate change and safeguarding food security to boost farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change and illustrates how rural communities are already transitioning to farming practices that are better suited to a warming world.

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WorldFish and Partners Release Publication on Sustainable Aquaculture Scenarios [viewed]

wri-worldfish-worldbank5 June 2014: Farmed fish and shellfish production will need to increase by 133% between 2010 and 2050 to meet projected fish demand globally, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank and Kasetsart University. The study findings are presented in a report, titled ‘Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture,' which the organizations launched in a webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Bioversity International's 10-Year Strategy 2014-2024 Released [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJune 2014: Bioversity International has released its '10-Year Strategy' for 2014-2024, which aims to enable the organization's response to emerging challenges and trends and aligns its work with recent developments on the global agenda, such as outcomes from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) and the incipient Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Common Oceans Programme Addresses Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO-Common-OceansJune 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication, titled ‘Common Oceans: Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.' The report introduces the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Program, which focuses on tuna, deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

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