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  • 11 December 2018
    Sharks MOS3 - 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

    The 3rd Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) will take place from 10 to 14 December 2018 in Monaco.

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  • 27 November 2018
    UNISDR 2018 Technical Forum: Leveraging on the Sendai Framework Monitoring process in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

    An important component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) is the inclusive and comprehensive monitoring and reporting process which allows countries, a

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  • 15 November 2018
    African States Make Long-term Commitment to Conserve Their Largest Carnivores

    More than 30 countries met in Bonn from 5 to 8 November 2018 to establish the African Carnivore Initiative.

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  • 30 October 2018
    Whale Watching - New Resource Shows How To Do It Right

    To encourage best practice in the growing whale

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  • 12 October 2018
    International Day for Disaster Reduction

    Every year on 13 October we celebrate International Day for Disaster Reductio

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  • 11 October 2018
    World Migratory Bird Day: New Report Shows Upward Trend for Migratory Waterbirds

    World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each year to highlight the need for the conservation of migrat

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  • 20 September 2018
    UN-Cinema screened award winning documentary “The Last Animals” in Bonn

    As part of UNRIC’s Europe-wide Ciné-ONU series, the award-winning documentary “The Last Animals” was screened in Bonn on 13 September 2018.

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  • 11 September 2018
    CMS Becomes Member of UN-Oceans

    New York/Bonn, 6 

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  • 29 August 2018
    UNISDR Competition: Reducing the human cost of disasters

    Around the world, many millions of people are affected by natural hazards.

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  • 31 July 2018
    UNEP/CMS: Action against wildlife crime presented at IUCN Technical Meeting

    In July 2018, staff members of the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) attended the Technical Meeting of Experts regarding the World Conservatio

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  • 21 June 2018
    Op-ed: How do you reduce disaster risk in river deltas?

    By Zita Sebesvari and Michael Hagenlocher | United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security

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  • 06 April 2018
    UN welcomes Bhutan to Making Cities Resilient Campaign

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  • 14 February 2018
    For Valentine’s Day, UN environment wing is urging everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic

    In It’s not me, it’s you, a short video for its #CleanSeas campaign, the UN environment wing takes a lighter look at the very serious problem of marine litter and urges everyone to give up

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  • 13 February 2018
    Resilience is about being ready

    KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February, 2018 – Quito, the host city of Habitat I

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  • 25 January 2018
    UNFCCC: Unprecedented efforts needed to tackle climate and disaster risks

    Unprecedented levels of coordination are needed to face the combined challenges of rising global greenhouse gas emissions, weather-related disasters, and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development

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  • 07 December 2017
    Launch of Sendai Framework Monitoring Process 

    The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) with the support of the Government of Germany is organizing a technical workshop to launch the Sendai Framework Monito

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  • 03 November 2017
    Education is key to preparing for tsunamis

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  • 23 October 2017
    Kickoff for CMS COP12 in Manila

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  • 19 October 2017
    UN to monitor global disaster losses from Bonn

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  • 16 October 2017
    UN Day Celebrations: Acting and Negotiating in Bonn, Germany

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  • 13 October 2017
    Op-ed: Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike

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  • 10 October 2017
    CMS Conference: Unconventional Magazine will be handed out to the participants of COP12

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  • 05 October 2017
    International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October: Reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030.

    13 October is the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

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  • 25 September 2017
    Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme took place in Berlin

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  • 22 September 2017
    ​UNEP/CMS: ​ Bringing together the energy sector and conservation interests: 2nd Task Force meeting took place in Bonn

    The se

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  • 19 September 2017
    One month ahead of CMS COP12: “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife & People”

    The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) is being held in Manila, the Philippines, from 23 t

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  • 05 June 2017
    UNFCCC: The Future of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in a Changing World
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  • 05 June 2017
    CMS: World Environment Day 2017 Connects People to Nature

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  • 05 June 2017
    CMS: Canada is Nature – Nature is Canada: Celebrating World Environment Day

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  • 01 June 2017
    Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

    Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

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  • 12 May 2017
    Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed visits the United Nations in Bonn

    UN staff in Bonn welcomed Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed on the UN Campus, where she arrived this afternoon to kick off her two-day visit.

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  • 07 April 2017
    CMS: Filling in the Missing Link: AfriBiRds Programme to Monitor Migratory Birds
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  • 07 April 2017
    CMS: Deadline for Submission of National Reports is 24 April
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  • 28 March 2017
    IPBES: Agriculture Is Part of the Pollinator Solution - Intensive Farming Can Harm or Help Pollination

    Bonn (IPBES News) – Although large-scale agriculture can be a significant threat to animal pollinators, intensive farming can also prevent pollinator decline and support sustainabl

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  • 17 March 2017
    CMS / ASCOBANS: "Press Release" Safer Seas for Harbour Porpoises, Bottlenose Dolphins and Orcas
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  • 10 March 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Secretariat's History

    25 Years ASCOBANS: 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of ASCOBANS.

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  • 07 March 2017
    IPBES: "Press Release" - Climate Change and Biodiversity: Opportunities and RisksClimate Change and Biodiversity: Opportunities and Risks
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  • 07 March 2017
    IPBES launches new video: Science and Policy for People and Nature

    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – is making real impact to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy - for people

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  • 03 March 2017
    CMS: The 2017 World Migratory Bird Day website is now live, the registration of events is open!

    For more than ten years now, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has raised awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their ha

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  • 02 March 2017
    IPBES: "Press Invite" - 5th Session of the IPBES Plenary in Bonn, Tuesday 7 March

    5th Session of the IPBES Plenary: Representatives of more than 100 States to Negotiate on Key Issues of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science & Policy

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  • 01 March 2017
    SDG: "Press release" - Global activists, business leaders and experts join the GFI4SD

    Sustainable Solutions: Global activists, business leaders and experts join the world’s first playable conference on sustainable development in Bonn

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  • 22 February 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Outreach and Education Award

    Raising awareness and engaging the public is an important aspect of nature conservation.People protect what they care about, and to care, some knowledge is necessary.

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  • 20 February 2017
    SDG: "Press Invite" 1-3 March Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

    SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: BONN TO HOST INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS, BUSINESS LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS AT THE WORLD’S FIRST PLAYABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, 1 – 3 MARCH

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  • 16 February 2017
    UN Chief António Guterres Attends G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bonn, a hub for Sustainability

    16 February 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is in Bonn today to engage with G20 Foreign Ministers on the issues of Africa and sustainability.

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  • 08 February 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: Disentangling the Bycatch Problem

    A recent report on the health of the ocean found that worldwide the marine vertebrate population declined by 49 per cent between 1970 and 2012 (see

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  • 27 January 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: Saving the Harbour Porpoise in the Baltic Sea

    From the early days of the Agreement, one population caused scientists, conservationists and governments special concern: the Baltic Harbour Porpoise.

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  • 20 January 2017
    25 Years ASCOBANS: The Birth of the Agreement

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic

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  • 04 November 2016
    Worldwide Green Light for Climate Action as Paris Agreement Enters into Force

    Worldwide Green Light for Climate Action as Paris Agreement Enters into Force Marrakech is First UN Climate Change Conference under Global Agreement

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  • 31 October 2016
    UN Climate Talks LIVE - Stay tuned with COP22 in Marrakech!

    UN Climate Talks LIVE - produced by the United Nations Climate Change secretariat in collaboration with KPMG - was hugely s

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  • 01 September 2016
    Countries Act to Better Protect Whales and Dolphins from Bycatch, Chemicals and Underwater Munitions

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/countries-act-better-protect-whales-and-dolphins-bycatch-chemicals-and-underwater-munitions"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="Common Dolphin © Steve Geelhoed" title="Common Dolphin © Steve Geelhoed" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Common Dolphin © Steve Geelhoed</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Harbour Porpoises, Orcas and Common Dolphins are exposed to many threats. Bycatch, for example, kills large numbers of marine mammals in fishing nets. Ocean energy installations, leaching chemicals and submerged munitions from the two world wars impact their lives. The Baltic Harbour Porpoise is one of the most endangered marine mammals globally. With fewer than 500 individuals, it is threatened by extinction and urgent action is required.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 01 July 2016
    AEWA Strategic Plan Revision Process Starts in Bonn – Top Priorities for Flyway Conservation Identified up to 2027

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/aewa-strategic-plan-revision-process-starts-bonn-top-priorities-flyway-conservation"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_…; width="220" height="114" alt="Participants of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group Meeting © Aydin Bahramlouian " title="Participants of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group Meeting © Aydin Bahramlouian " /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Participants of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group Meeting © Aydin Bahramlouian</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The development of a revised strategic plan for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) for the period 2019 – 2027 was formally launched at the meeting of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group held 28 – 30 June at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 26 June 2016
    UNEP Expands Access to Vast Body of Environmental Law

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/unep-expands-access-vast-body-environmental-law"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_…; width="220" height="114" alt="IKM Steering Committee" title="IKM Steering Committee" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>IKM Steering Committee</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a state has to prepare a briefing on flyway conservation ahead of a major international conference.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 24 June 2016
    Fighting ageism in disasters

    <em>By Denis McClean</em><br><br><p><strong>GENEVA, 24 June, 2016</strong> -&nbsp;A renewed call was made at this week&rsquo;s 13th International Conference on Ageing for more governments to sign up to Charter 14 which sets 14 minimum standards for the inclusion of older persons in disaster risk management.</p>

    <p>Eighteen months after the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and HelpAge International launched Charter 14 only nine governments have signed up to the voluntary charter which calls for older persons to be specifically mentioned in national disaster management and climate policies, and to be consulted on the development of such policies.</p>

    <p>Help Age International has used the Brisbane event organised by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) to call on more governments to sign up to Charter 14. &ldquo;Older people are often more vulnerable to disasters&rdquo;, said Clare Harris, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Adviser at HelpAge International. &ldquo;As the world&rsquo;s population grows older, an age-sensitive response to disasters and climate change is becoming increasingly vital&rdquo;.</p>

    <p>Dr Alex Ross of the World Health Organization opened the plenary panel on disasters and older people. Dr Godfred Paul of HelpAge International issued a call to action to ensure that older people are represented in disaster planning.</p>

    <p>Ageism comes into play in disaster situations and there is strong evidence that older persons suffer disproportionately from disasters even in developed countries. In 2005, 75% of those killed by Hurricane Katrina were over 60 but made up just 15% of the population in New Orleans. In 2011, 56% of those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami were 65 and over, despite comprising just 23% of the population.</p>

    <p>A survey conducted for the 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction demonstrated that older persons are often excluded or marginalised when disaster management plans are being drawn up at community level. 58% of respondents said they did not know who was responsible for disaster preparedness in their communities and 68% do not participate at all in such activity.</p>

    <p>Asked how they would like to be better included in decision-making on disaster planning, 70% of respondents noted their wish to explain the special needs and vulnerabilities of older persons while 43% said they wish to be given training so that they can help the community in disaster preparedness and response. And 32% said they wished to share their experiences on how to cope with disaster situations.</p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">According to Help Age International there are 901 million people over 60, predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2030 with nearly three-quarters living in developing countries where the impact of climate change may be most severe. WHO projects that in 2030, 38,000 older people will die from heat exposure.</span></p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted as the global blueprint for reducing disaster losses calls for a more people centred preventive approach to disaster risk and engagement with older persons. Specifically, the Sendai Framework endorsed by all UN Member States, notes: &ldquo;Older Persons have years of knowledge, skills and wisdom, which are invaluable assets to reduce disaster risk, and they should be included in the design of policies, plans and mechanisms, including for early warning.&rdquo;</span></p>

    <p>&ldquo;Reduced mobility can make it harder to flee danger&rdquo;, said Dr. Godfred Paul, Senior Regional Programme Manager at HelpAge International, a speaker at the IFA conference. &ldquo;Older people may be socially isolated, which could mean there is no one around to help or alert them.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Conditions such as hypertension, heart disease or respiratory illnesses can be exacerbated during disasters, and in their wake access to life-saving medicine as well as day-to-day medication may be difficult. Older people may also have reduced access to income, which can make protection and recovery after a disaster an even greater struggle.&rdquo;</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/rBs4HjRWqEw&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 23 June 2016
    Ocean Cleanup - North Sea Trials to Start

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/ocean-cleanup-north-sea-trials-start"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="Albatross chick © by Forest &amp; Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6157217&quot; title="Albatross chick © by Forest &amp; Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6157217&quot; /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Albatross chick © by Forest &amp; Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6157217">https://common…; </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Boyan Slat made the headlines a few years ago when as a student he came up with an innovative idea to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste in the oceans; he was even one of the principal speakers at the opening ceremony of the most recent CMS COP (Quito, 2014).</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 23 June 2016
    UNEP Expands Access to Vast Body of Environmental Law

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/unep-expands-access-vast-body-environmental-law"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="IKM Steering Committee" title="IKM Steering Committee" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>IKM Steering Committee</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference. -</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 23 June 2016
    2016/016: Grants for Wildlife Conservation and Marine Issues

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is pleased to bring to your attention an overview of grants currently available in support of wildli</p></div></div></div>

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  • 22 June 2016
    CMS Secretariat visits Bonn International School

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/cms-secretariat-visits-bonn-international-school"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="CMS Secretariat Visit to the Bonn International School" title="CMS Secretariat Visit to the Bonn International School" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>CMS Secretariat Visit to the Bonn International School</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Four representatives from the CMS Secretariat’s Terrestrial Species Unit visited the Bonn International School to give a presentation about CMS and what they do to conserve migrating animals. </p> </div></div></div>

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  • 22 June 2016
    Twenty Years of UN Presence in Bonn

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/twenty-years-un-presence-bonn"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="UN Bonn new website screenshot" title="UN Bonn new website screenshot" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>UNBonn&#039;s new website screenshot</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Secretariats of the Convention and the Bonn-based Agreements are participating in a new venture – a joint website of the 18 UN agencies located in the city.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 21 June 2016
    Central African lawmakers step up disaster risk reduction

    <em>By Evelyne Karanja</em><br><br><p><strong>NAIROBI, 21 June 2016 &ndash;</strong> Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region&rsquo;s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>The Parliamentarians Network for Resilience to Disasters in Central Africa, known by its French acronym REPARC, was set up last October to address disaster risk reduction and climate change issues in the 11-country Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The consortium is currently composed of lawmakers from Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and S&atilde;o Tom&eacute; and Pr&iacute;ncipe.</p>

    <p>Nearly two disasters of significant proportions have been recorded every week in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000, with around 12.5 million people per year affected. Floods, storms and wildfires are the main natural hazards in Central African nations, with climate change a key factor.</p>

    <p>With support from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), ECCAS organized a training meeting for REPARC members on 13-17 June in S&atilde;o Tom&eacute; and Pr&iacute;ncipe. The event was part of the programme on Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities, which was launched last year and is funded by the European Union as part of its cooperation with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.</p>

    <p>The President of the National Assembly of S&atilde;o Tom&eacute; and Pr&iacute;ncipe, Mr. Jos&eacute; da Gra&ccedil;a Diogo, in his opening remarks reminded parliamentarians of the need to be well informed in order to make the right decisions for their countries. &ldquo;Knowledge and understanding is the first step to achieving this goal,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>REPARC was created seven months after the international community had adopted the Sendai Framework, a broad-ranging, 15-year blueprint for reducing disaster risk. In addition, in July 2015 African countries had together approved the Yaound&eacute; Declaration, a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework on their continent.</p>

    <p>REPARC&rsquo;s work is guided by the Sendai Framework, the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Yaound&eacute; Declaration. The general policy of ECCAS on Environment and Natural Resources Management and the Central Africa Regional Strategy for Risk Prevention, Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation also steer activities undertaken by REPARC. A Regional Climate Centre was also set up last year.</p>

    <p>At last week&rsquo;s meeting, Cameroonian Mr. Louis Roger Essola, President of the Conference on Dense and Humid Forest Ecosystems of Central Africa (CEFDHAC), called on members to encourage their respective governments to adopt and ratify the different global agreements reached in 2015. &nbsp;The Sendai Framework, the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change were highlighted as key instruments to use in high-level advocacy with their governments and in the proposal of laws for their respective countries.</p>

    <p>The challenges faced by ECCAS member states in effective and efficient integration of these issues in national legislation were discussed. An overview of the states presented by each member highlighted weaknesses and non-existence of legislation for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>All ECCAS member states have developed strategies for growth and poverty reduction, guided by the 2000-2015&nbsp;&nbsp; Millennium Development Goals and the Johannesburg World Summit in 2002. However, only Burundi and Cameroon have incorporated issues of disaster risk reduction.</p>

    <p>The participating parliamentarians agreed that disasters can be avoided or the adverse consequences reduced if all countries act on vulnerabilities.</p>

    <p>No ECCAS member state has legislation specifically dedicated to disaster risk reduction, though Burundi has a national strategy, and only five of the 11 ECCAS member states have national platforms for disaster risk reduction.</p>

    <p>Despite the presence of national hydrological and meteorological services, monitoring mechanisms and early warning systems remain weak. Lack of data on documented risks and lack of formal collaboration frameworks between agencies responsible for generating alerts and those in charge of prevention of disaster risk are a major hurdle. Inadequate communication mechanisms and limited response capabilities also negatively impact disaster risk reduction efforts.</p>

    <p>UNISDR plans to create risk knowledge systems in at least five ECCAS member states in the coming two years, with support from the European Union-funded programme.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/zYAdeXl-VXQ&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 20 June 2016
    Flying for their lives

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Every year, millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic. But for many, this will be their last flight</p></div></div></div>

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  • 17 June 2016
    European Commission Champions Migratory Wildlife Conservation

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/european-commission-champions-migratory-wildlife-conservation"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="Bradnee Chambers (L), Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presenting Daniel Calleja (R), Director-General for Environment of the European Commission with the Migratory Species Champion Plus Award." title="Bradnee Chambers (L), Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presenting Daniel Calleja (R), Director-General for Environment of the European Commission with the Migratory Species Champion Plus Award." /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Bradnee Chambers (L), Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presenting Daniel Calleja (R), Director-General for Environment of the European Commission with the Migratory Species <em>Champion Plus</em> Award.</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Today the CMS Secretariat celebrates a new Champion for migratory species under the dedicated programme which aims at promoting the work under the CMS Family as well as encouraging and recognizing medium- and long-term support for conservation actions. </p> </div></div></div>

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  • 17 June 2016
    2016/015: Dates of Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement and Submission of Implementation Reports by Parties to the Gorilla Agreement

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Dates of Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement</strong></p></div></div></div>

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  • 17 June 2016
    UN welcomes European Commission Action Plan on Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

    <p><strong>17 June 2016, GENEVA</strong> &ndash; The UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today welcomed the publication of a European Commission Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 sub-titled &ldquo;A disaster risk-informed approach to all EU policies.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Mr. Glasser said: &ldquo;The European Commission&rsquo;s decision to make the Sendai Framework the basis for a disaster risk-informed approach to policy-making is a tremendous boost to achieving a substantial reduction of disaster risk and disaster losses around the world.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Under the leadership of the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides, the EU played a key role in negotiating the Sendai Framework and it is impressive now to see the EU following through with this commitment to deliver on very clearly defined implementation priorities for reducing disaster risk.&rdquo;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Mr. Glasser also heads the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). </span></p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The European Commission Action Plan emphasises that translating the Sendai Framework into tangible actions should be done in coherence with other 2015 and 2016 international agreements and processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on development financing and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the World Humanitarian Summit and the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III. </span></p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Highlights of the action plan include the continued collection and sharing of baseline loss and damage data, development of strategies for risk awareness, cooperation with the private sector, strengthening the links between disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and biodiversity strategies, promoting risk-informed investments in all EU financial instruments, support for early warning systems and building back better after disaster strikes. It advocates for inclusivity and a special focus on vulnerable groups.</span></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/2DBShtJukOo&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 17 June 2016
    Action for urban resilience

    <em>By Brigitte Leoni</em><br><br><p><strong>FLORENCE, 17 June, 2016 -</strong> Ministers, national government officials, mayors and representatives of the United Nations agreed today in Florence on a raft of actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters.</p>

    <p>Participants were attending a two day High Level Forum on &ldquo;Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction at the Local Level&ldquo; in Florence, Italy.</p>

    <p>Welcoming the outcome, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Mr. Markku Markkula, said: &quot;As our climate changes, we must learn to live with and adapt to more regular and severe disasters linked to natural hazards.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Local and regional governments are at the frontline and many have a wealth of knowledge which needs to be shared. This is what our cooperation with the UNISDR is all about: we need to think big and act local. We need to cooperate locally, nationally and globally to protect our communities and build resilience against disasters&quot;.</p>

    <p>This was the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities had the chance to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework, a 15-year global plan to reduce existing disaster risk and prevent new ones at local level.</p>

    <p>In the outcome document, &ldquo;The Florence Way Forward,&rdquo; participants recognized the importance of coherence at local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;All these agreements have targets and indicators that have a direct repercussion on local budgets which makes the discussions we have had here in Florence very relevant,&rdquo; said Robert Glasser, who is both the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the head of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Mayors and local partners are not only at the frontlines of disasters they are also the ones who implement budgets that can considerably reduce or increase disaster risks,&rdquo; he said.</p>

    <p>Among the commitments contained in &ldquo;The Florence Way Forward&rdquo; declaration, mayors and officials agreed to share good practices among cities and countries on flood prevention and mitigation, to improve their drainage and early warning systems and to fully use mobile technology to better communicate on disaster risk.</p>

    <p>They recommended to allocate adequate financial resources for prevention at local and regional level , to increase the availability of risk information to improve planning and to better engage the private sector to understand local risks. Specific references were also made to the resilience of heritage buildings not only as an asset to protect, but also as part of the resilience of cities.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Italy wants to play a global leading role to facilitate the process of the implementation of the Sendai Framework at local level and &lsquo;The Florence Way Forward&rsquo; declaration adopted here today is the beginning of this commitment,&rdquo; said Mr. Fabrizzio Cuccio, Head of Italian Civil Protection who left the Florence meeting early to assist in the management of the wildfires raging in Sicily near Palermo.</p>

    <p>The Florence Way Forward document will be taken to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in Ecuador, in October and the next Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico in May 2017.</p>

    <p>Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said: &ldquo;This new project marks yet another milestone in our engagement with urban resilience further linking mutual goals of supporting cities around the world to become more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Also at the forum, the UN Trust Fund for Human Security announced its support for&nbsp;a new project which will focus on cities from Mauritania and Tunisia. Speaking at the Forum, Ms. Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief of Human Security Unit at United Nations said: &ldquo;The Sendai Framework highlights many of the core principles of human security. It highlights the need to strengthen cooperation to build local and national resilience and to facilitate the transfer of technology and financial assistance.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;The UN Trust Fund is proud to acknowledge the approval of its latest programme to be led by UNISDR, and I hope that the programme will develop the capacities of local institutions&quot;</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/P_VFwYJbdTA&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 16 June 2016
    Florence boost for Sendai Framework

    <em>By Brigitte Leoni</em><br><br><p><strong>FLORENCE, 16 &nbsp;June, 2015:</strong>&nbsp;More than 350 ministers, mayors and disaster risk reduction experts from around the world are meeting today and tomorrow in Florence to discuss urban resilience to disasters.</p>

    <p>The High Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction comes 50 years after the Italian city was devastated by floods which killed 101 people and destroyed or damaged a huge quantity of fine art and many precious manuscripts.</p>

    <p>Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said: &ldquo;The Florence gathering could not come at a more timely moment after the recent floods in Paris and elsewhere in Europe.&quot;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.8px;">At least 250 cities across the world are exposed to flood risk potentially affecting 663 million inhabitants.&nbsp;</span></p>

    <p>The meeting is a further boost to the 2030 Development Agenda which recognizes the importance of resilience at city and community level and is jointly organised by the Italian Civil Protection, the City of Florence, UN Habitat, UCLG and UNISDR.</p>

    <p>The two day Florence meeting will discuss options and good practices to reduce the impacts of flooding and other hazards such as storms and earthquakes, and will encourage more private and public partnerships to increase the resilience of cities.</p>

    <p>Discussions will also highlight the importance of having the right financial and fiscal instruments in place to reduce disaster losses which have reached globally an average of $250-300 billion per year according to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Flood losses in Paris are already estimated at&nbsp;more than &euro;1 billion.&nbsp;</p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Mr. Dardio Nardella, today recalled the November 4, &nbsp;1966 floods, the loss of lives and&nbsp;the damage to heritage buildings and archives in the Opera del Duomo, the National Central Library and the State Archives.&nbsp;</span></p>

    <p>Mayor Nardella said: &ldquo; We have learned a great deal since the 1966 floods here in Florence and we have now many prevention policies in place to protect and evacuate art works to upper floors. As a result of the floods, Florence has one of the best art restoration schools in the world.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>He added: &ldquo;Prevention is at the core of all our urban planning policies. We are now launching a &lsquo;zero volume&rsquo; policy which will prevent building any new construction in the city and encourage rebuilding on existing sites respecting the same volume and space to better protect the environment. We want to make sure that resilience is a systematic to our approach to local governance.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Mr. Glasser who also heads UNISDR said: &ldquo;Local implementation is critical to achieve the seven targets of the Sendai Framework&rdquo; as he announced the extension to 2020 of UNISDR&rsquo;s Making Cities Resilient Campaign which was initially launched in Bonn in 2010 and now includes over 3,200 cities and towns.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;We hope that concrete actions will be proposed today and tomorrow in Florence which will encourage more cities and towns around the world to follow the example of Sienna and 16 other local municipalities in this region which have joined the campaign today,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>In a video message of support, Mr.&nbsp;Kiren Rijiju, India&#39;s Home Affairs Minister, said:&nbsp;&quot;India is affected by many disasters every year which amount to an average of two&nbsp;per cent of its GDP. Our government just adopted a national management plan that reflects the Sendai Framework and will reduce risks and build greater resilience against disasters in all our country. We want to reaffirm our commitment to disaster risk reduction.&quot;</p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">UNISDR hopes to raise the number of cities and towns joining the Campaign to 5,000 by 2020 and also&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">announced that UN Habitat will chair the new Steering Committee that is managing the Campaign. </span></p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">As part of the main outcomes, mayors and participants will agree tomorrow on the text of a declaration on the implementation of the Sendai Framework which includes a target for a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. </span></p>

    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Among the mayors who were present today to sign up to the Campaign&nbsp;were Mr. Bruno Valentini, Mayor of Siena Municipality; Mr. Giovanni Capecchi, Mayor of Montopoli Municipality (in Val D&rsquo;Arno); Ms. Giulia Deidda, Mayor of Santa Croce sull&rsquo;Arno Municipality; Ms Brenda Barnini , President of Union of the municipalities in the district of Empolese Val d&rsquo;Elsa and representing 11 municipalities of the Union. Emigliano Fosssi from the Campi Bisenzio, Mr. Sergio Chienni, from Terranuova Bracciolini, Ms. Simona Neri from Pergine Val D&rsquo; Arno, and Mr. Matteo Biffoni from Prato.</span></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/4EBocka6kr4&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 16 June 2016
    Data vital to Sendai implementation

    <p><strong>BRUSSELS, 17 June 2016</strong> &ndash; The links between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change adaptation are in focus this week in the European Union&rsquo;s hub of Brussels.</p>

    <p>The European Development Days -- the continent&rsquo;s top forum on development, now into its tenth edition &ndash; have highlighted the importance of good data for successful implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which sets seven targets for reducing disaster losses.</p>

    <p>Bolivia&rsquo;s Minister of Development Planning and Chief Climate Change Negotiator,&nbsp; Mr.Rene Orellana Halkyer,&nbsp; said: &quot;We have decided to take into account disaster loss data in all of our development decisions, because we want to develop despite natural hazards.&quot;</p>

    <p>He was speaking in a session yesterday moderated by Mr. Andrew Maskrey, Coordinator of UNISDR&rsquo;s Risk Knowledge Section which has facilitated the creation of 89 national disaster loss data bases around the world with several more in the pipeline.</p>

    <p>The session focussed on the UNISDR programme &ldquo;Building Capacity for Increased Public Investment in Integrated Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction &rdquo;, which is funded by the European Commission, the executive body of the 28-country European Union.</p>

    <p>&ldquo;Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are interlinked, we cannot address one without the other, &ldquo; said Mr. Maskrey.</p>

    <p>The programme guides countries to strengthen evidence-based planning in national public investment and development, and has three main components: disaster loss and damage accounting; probabilistic risk profiles and assessments; and increased risk-sensitive planning and investment.</p>

    <p>The development of national disaster loss databases represents a low-cost, high impact strategy to systematically account for disaster losses.&nbsp; As such, this is the crucial first step to generate the information necessary for risk estimation and to inform public investment in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. &nbsp;</p>

    <p>As a second step, the physical losses recorded in the databases are translated into monetary and economic losses, enabling an initial evidence-based estimate of recurrent losses.</p>

    <p>A debate followed in the afternoon on &quot;Setting Indicators for Global Progress in Disaster Risk Reduction.&quot;</p>

    <p>Mr. Maskrey observed: &quot;We must ensure coherence in the indicators of Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals if we are to reduce the reporting burden and ensure efficacy.&quot;</p>

    <p>The debate threw up some of the challenges around setting indicators to measure progress on achieving the Sendai Framework targets.</p>

    <p>Dr. Debarati Guha-Sapir, who heads the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium, highlighted the challenge of collecting reliable data on drought-related mortality.</p>

    <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;After floods, droughts affect the most people out of all disasters. Yet we have almost no data to measure the precise impacts. This has to change,&rdquo; she said.</p>

    <p>Mr. Tom de Groeve of the EU Joint Research Centre, noted that &quot;The Sendai Framework is not just for the developing world - it is very much also for Europe.&quot;</p>

    <p>The Sendai Framework has seven targets. It aims to bring about substantial reductions in disaster deaths, the number of affected people and economic losses, plus damage to critical infrastructure and disruption to basic services such as health and educational facilities.</p>

    <p>&nbsp;It also seeks to increase the number of countries with national and local risk reduction strategies, by 2020, as well as to bolster the capacity of developing countries, and vastly increase coverage by early warning systems.</p>

    <p>Collecting and crunching data is a critical way to develop an understanding of the past, present and future of disaster risk and thereby implement the Sendai Framework. Governments have already held two rounds of discussions, in September 2015 and February this year, om Geneva to work on indicators and terminology that will facilitate the process. A final round is due to take place in November.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/unisdr/~4/Duu12CXy1Rk&quot; height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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  • 15 June 2016
    Signs of Hope for Saiga Antelope after Mass Die-off in 2015

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/signs-hope-saiga-antelope-after-mass-die-2015"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="Saiga Antelope (Saiga tatarica) - © Navinder Singh" title="Saiga Antelope (Saiga tatarica) - © Navinder Singh" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Saiga Antelope (<em>Saiga tatarica</em>) - © Navinder Singh</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In May 2015, a catastrophic and unprecedented mass die-off caused by a bacterial infection wiped out more than 200,000 saiga antelopes within a few weeks. The Betpak-Dala saiga population in central Kazakhstan lost almost 90 per cent of its animals, which is equivalent to over 60 per cent of the global population, leaving the species in a critical situation. A new census data shows an increase of saiga numbers in all three populations within Kazakhstan, the antelope’s main Range State.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 14 June 2016
    Millions of animal 'trophies' exported across borders, figures show

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>At least 200,000 of the nearly 2m trophies collected from animal hunts were endangered species, according to report revealing the scale of the industry</p></div></div></div>

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  • 01 June 2016
    ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB)

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/asean-working-group-nature-conservation-and-biodiversity-awgncb"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="Participants at the ASEAN Biodiversity Working Group © ASEAN" title="Participants at the ASEAN Biodiversity Working Group © ASEAN" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Participants at the ASEAN Biodiversity Working Group © ASEAN</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The 2016 meeting of the AWGNCB was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 23 to 27 May and was attended by ASEAN member countries, partner organizations such as the Convention on Migratory Species (represented by Francisco Rilla, the Capacity-building Officer), the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), the ASEAN Secretariat, government organizations, and other regional and international NGOs. </p> </div></div></div>

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  • 21 May 2016
    The GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project Launches New Website

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/gef-dugong-and-seagrass-conservation-project-launches-new-website"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_featur…; width="220" height="114" alt="© Fergus Kennedy" title="© Fergus Kennedy" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>© Fergus Kennedy</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Today the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project unveiled its new, interactive and informative website that includes information about the project, resources for dugong and seagrass conservation, as well as information for project partners. The website was launched at an event hosted by Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (the MBZ Fund) publicly announced the GEF grant for the project.</p> </div></div></div>

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  • 09 May 2016
    Flight through the Decade - Bologna Operatic Choir’s Benefit Concert

    <div class="field field-name-field-featured-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/en/news/flight-through-decade-bologna-operatic-choir%E2%80%99s-benefit-concert"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news_…; width="220" height="114" alt="Operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy performing at Bonn University on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day 2016 - ©Aydin Bahramlouian - UNEP/CMS" title="Operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy performing at Bonn University on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day 2016 - ©Aydin Bahramlouian - UNEP/CMS" /></a><blockquote class="image-field-caption"> <p>Operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy performing at Bonn University on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day 2016 - ©Aydin Bahramlouian - UNEP/CMS</p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bonn, 9 May 2016</strong> - For the fourth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy gave a benefit concert in Bonn as part of t</p></div></div></div>

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