Sustainable Use

International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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Nominations for MIDORI Prize Now Open [viewed]

midori7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014 are now open. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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Event: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting [viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

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UNWTO, UNODC and African Ministers Join to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodv-unwto10 March 2014: On the occasion of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers from Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe committed, in response to the growth in illegal wildlife trade, to join hands in finding a means to stop it.

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ITTO Discusses Criteria and Indicators for SFM [viewed]

ITTO logo10 March 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Tropical Forest Update, highlighting progress in assessing and monitoring sustainable forest management (SFM).

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ITPGR Report on Enhancing Implementation in Asia Released [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has released the report of the first Asian meeting of the national focal points of the Treaty. The report, inter alia, outlines areas for cooperation among Asian countries to enhance ITPGR implementation.

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Suriname Becomes 68th Party to ITTA [viewed]

ITTO logo7 March 2014: Suriname has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 68th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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UN Agencies Launch Tourism Focused Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodc-unesco-wto5 March 2014: Three UN agencies have joined hands in the fight against illegal trade by launching a new campaign to raise awareness among travelers and the tourism industry on making ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal products. The campaign was presented at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

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Event: 11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention [viewed]

The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.  

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