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  1. Declaration on illegal wildlife trade

    14/2/2014

    A commitment has been made by representatives of over 40 nations and 11 intergovernmental organizations to end the illegal trade in wildlife following a two day conference in London, UK. The conference highlighted the threat wildlife crime poses to the economy and cultural heritage of nations, and to many populations of elephants, rhinos, and big cats, as well as other species.

    The participating states and intergovernmental organizations have agreed actions that will eradicate demand for illegal wildlife products, strengthen and enforce laws related to wildlife trade, and support the development of sustainable livelihoods that provide an alternative option to poaching.

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  2. Fourth issue of PARCC Project Newsletter is now available

    31/1/2014

    The latest issue of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change in West Africa (PARCC) Project is available now in both English and French.

    This issue summarizes the results of a review of options for managing and financing protected areas to adapt to climate change. It also provides information about the sites that have been selected by the project for transboundary activities implementation.

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  3. Using spatial information to support decisions on safeguards and multiple benefits for REDD+ in Tanzania

    30/1/2014

     UNEP-WCMC, in its role of providing technical support to countries through the UN-REDD Programme, has collaborated with the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania to produce a report on spatial planning for identifying possible zones for REDD+ action that could enhance potential multiple benefits from REDD+. The report and maps draw from the first comprehensive forest inventory of Tanzania (NAFORMA), and present new maps and data in relation to biodiversity, ecosystem services, land management units and drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the country. The direct download of the report is here.

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  4. UNEP Invites Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award

    29/1/2014

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is inviting nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award, which honours visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

    UNEP’s Champions of the Earth—lauded each year in the fields of Policy and Leadership, Science and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Inspiration and Action—serve as an inspiration for transformative action as the world transitions to an inclusive Green Economy.

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  5. BBC Radio 4 highlights community conservation

    20/1/2014

    Dr Chris Sandbrook, Lecturer in Conservation Leadership at UNEP-WCMC, joined the well-known television and radio presenter Monty Don on the BBC Radio 4 series Shared Planet to share his expert knowledge on community conservation. The programme explored the influence a local community can have in protecting a species for the benefit of the global community and Dr Sandbrook explained what factors determine the success of a community conservation project.

     

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  6. Tvebiomovies 2013 winners announced

    16/1/2014

    The winners of a short film-making competition supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which aims to engage young people with big environmental issues, have been announced. The shortlisted films – all just one minute in length – cover topics such as climate change; cutting back food waste; and recycling.

    Run by tv/e, the tvebiomovies 2013 competition was aimed at young, aspiring film-makers. Entries were submitted to seven individual categories – Climate Change; Seas and Oceans; Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity; People and the Planet; Food Waste; Sustainable Resources Initiative; and a World Worth Protecting. A total of 565 film proposals from 75 different countries were received, each one using a unique style and technique to convey its message.

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  7. Species+ now available

    13/11/2013

    Species+: a new tool to assist with CITES and CMS implementation

    Species+ is a new online resource providing information on globally protected species. It includes all species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as well as those included in the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

    Using Species+, governments can rapidly identify the species occurring within their borders that are covered by these Conventions and CITES authorities can download up-to-date information about CITES trade suspensions and quotas.

    Further enhancements to Species+, including incorporating the CITES Trade Database, links to the CMS species database and links to national systems, are planned in future.

    Species+ can be accessed at www.speciesplus.net. For more information on Species+ and future plans for the tool, click here.

     

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  8. ‘Developing Biodiversity Indicators’ e-learning module now available online

    11/11/2013

    The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) is proud to announce the launch of its e-learning module, ‘Developing Biodiversity Indicators’. This module is designed as a resource for practitioners across the world, working to develop and use biodiversity indicators. It builds on the BIP’s publication ‘Guidance for National Biodiversity Indicator Development and Use’.

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  9. CMS Family Online Reporting System: national reporting form for CMS COP11 now available

    29/10/2013

    The Online Reporting System (ORS), developed by UNEP-WCMC in collaboration with the Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), is a new electronic platform developed to transform reporting under Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs). National reports are submitted prior to each Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), which take place every three years, in order to monitor progress in implementation of the Convention. National reports to CMS COP11 will, for the first time, be submitted online through the CMS Family ORS. The national reporting form, developed by the CMS Secretariat in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, is now available for Parties to complete prior to the submission deadline of 1 May 2014.

     

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  10. New UN-REDD Programme Policy Brief on REDD+ and the 2020 Aichi Targets

    23/10/2013

    The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch its fifth Policy Brief, “REDD+ and the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets: Promoting Synergies in International Forest Conservation Efforts”.

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