Today is World Wildlife Day, chosen as it marks the anniversary of the signing of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) one of the two international treaties dedicated to the conservation of wildlife
Abu Dhabi, 23 February 2015 - The survival of the humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea, the smallest and most endangered humpback whale population in the world, is threatened by human activities, particularly entanglement in fishing nets, shipping and coastal development.
To mark World Wetlands Day today, Jacques Trouvilliez, the Executive Secretary of AEWA has written an opinion article (“Op-Ed”) emphasizing the importance of wetlands for the conservation of many migratory species and especially the waterbirds of the African-Eurasian Flyway.
Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary, UNEP/AEWA Secretariat
Dear colleagues and friends of migratory waterbirds across the African-Eurasian region and beyond,
It is my sincere pleasure to announce the start of the 20th anniversary year of AEWA – the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement. For the past two decades, AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations in the region - also serving as an example for flyway cooperation around the globe.
As is customary at this time of the year, the IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Secretariat presents a compilation of marine turtle-related news of the past 12 months, from around the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region.
IPBES Plenary at the WCCB in Bonn | Photograph courtesy of IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin
The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened today in the World Conference Center (WCCB) in Bonn, Germany. The agenda for the week-long deliberations includes consideration of the implementation of the 2014-2018 work programme; the Platform’s initial programme of work, financial and budgetary arrangements, and operational rules and procedures.