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Evidence-based policy mistakes

News from India - 3. December 2017 - 20:12
It is important to recognize that data alone are not enough to determine future expectations or policies

Using telecom data for development

News from India - 3. December 2017 - 20:12
Telecom data holds the power to resolve issues—from preventing the spread of dengue to driving financial inclusion

Can Ayodhya become a symbol of our coexistence?

News from India - 3. December 2017 - 20:09
It is true that at times we fight with each other and even go after each other’s heads but for a majority of Indians, coexistence isn’t a slogan but a way of life

ENB Report | OECPR-3 | 1 Dec 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 13:29
On Friday, 1 December 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a daily report from the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment (OECPR-3), which will meet from 29 November to 1 December 2017, at the UN Environment Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

Rapport du ENB | ANUE-3 | 4-6 décembre 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 10:45
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème session de l’Assemblée des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (ANUE-3) du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement, qui aura lieu du 4 au 6 décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

Rapport du ENB | CCNLRP-3 | 1 décembre 2017 | Montréal, Canada | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 10:09
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème réunion du Comité à composition non limitée des représentants permanents à l’ONU Environnement (CCNLRP-3), qui aura lieu du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

ENB Report | UNEA-3 | 4-6 Dec 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 8:27
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a curtain raiser from the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), which will meet from 4 to 6 December 2017, at the UN Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

ENB+ Report | 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 27-30 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 7:31
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, produced a summary report from the 53rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which took place from 27 to 30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US

IISD/ENB @ ITTC-53 | 2 Dec | Lima, PE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 3. December 2017 - 3:32
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, from 27 November to 2 December 2017, from Lima, Peru

IISD/ENB @ ITTC-53 | 1 Dec | Lima, PE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 2. December 2017 - 6:12
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, from 27 November to 2 December 2017, from Lima, Peru

IISD/ENB @ OECPR 3 & UNEA-3 | 1 Dec 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 2. December 2017 - 5:12
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is covering the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment Programme (OECPR-3), from 29 November to 1 December 2017, and the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), from 4 to 6 December 2017, from the UN Environment Programme Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya

Eleventh hour support for vaquitas at CITES meeting but urgent action still needed on tackling illegal wildlife trade globally

News from WWF - 2. December 2017 - 1:00

Geneva, 2 December 2017 - The 69th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has come to a close in Geneva having tackled the largest agenda with the largest number of participants ever.

 

In the final hour of the week-long session, Mexico, China and the United States made a surprise agreement to convene a high-level diplomatic mission to help stop the extinction of the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, commonly referred to as the 'Panda of the Sea'.

 

The government of Mexico raised the issue noting the severity of the crisis facing vaquitas, and was supported by the United States and China. The high-level mission will support the much needed actions to address the significant challenges faced in ending the illegal totoaba fishing and trafficking.

 

Leigh Henry, Director of Wildlife Policy at WWF-US, said:

 

"It's been said before that it's the eleventh hour to save the vaquita: there are fewer than thirty individuals remaining and illegal fishing of totoaba is driving this elusive porpoise to extinction.

 

"Coming at the close of the meeting, Mexico's willing support for a high-level mission to assist their efforts to combat the illegal totoaba trade grants the world's most endangered marine mammal a lifeline. Drowning in nets set for totoaba is the only known threat to vaquita in their habitat."

 

WWF works with Mexico, as well as the US and China, to implement urgent measures to save the vaquita, and to secure a gillnet-free Upper Gulf of California that supports both their survival and the livelihoods of local communities.

 

The CITES meeting also discussed other pressing wildlife trade issues impacting some of the planet's most endangered species.

 

The Committee sent a strong message to Lao PDR on a number of issues including tiger farms, Siamese rosewood, legislation and enforcement, and widespread illegal wildlife markets.

 

Rob Parry-Jones, WWF's lead on wildlife crime said:

"Lao's inadequate enforcement is facilitating widespread illegal trade in threatened species, including tiger, elephant and rhino. We appreciate the cooperative spirit that they showed in the meeting but this must be followed by action as a matter of urgency."

 

Laos has to submit a detailed and time-bound plan of action by the end of the year, and a progress report by end of June 2018. Failure to submit the implementation plan or to demonstrate adequate progress could result in sanctions against the country.

 

Regarding pangolins, the Secretariat interpreted the provisions of the Convention to allow commercial trade in pangolin stocks acquired before the trade ban came into force in January 2017, but this view was rejected by majority vote.

 

Colman O Criodain, WWF's wildlife policy manager said:

"We were surprised by the Secretariat's interpretation. Had it stood it could have facilitated widespread unsustainable and illegal trade."

 

The Committee also struggled to agree on robust recommendations on the issue of Madagascar's ebonies, rosewoods and palisanders. Madagascar was seeking leave to sell its stockpiles of these valuable timbers, despite the fact that none of these stocks have been audited to date and that there is large-scale illegal trade. Fortunately this request was rejected.

 

Michel Masozera, WWF's deputy leader for wildlife for Africa said:

"The widespread illegal logging of precious timbers from the World Heritage Site, the Rainforests of the Atsinanana, undermines livelihood and development options for Madagascar and damages the habitat of unique species such as lemurs. The international community must act to bring this scandal to an end."

 

The impact of wildlife crime can be devastating for nature and communities as the illegal ivory trade has shown. The Committee specifically debated the situation regarding countries implicated in illegal ivory trade.

 

WWF-Hong Kong's Cheryl Lo said:

"We were disappointed that Japan and Singapore were not asked to prepare national ivory action plans, as many other countries have been required to do, given that both are implicated in illegal trade. We were pleased that many other countries including China, Viet Nam, Kenya, Tanzania and Qatar were retained in the scrutiny process. WWF urges all countries that have domestic markets that contribute to poaching and illegal trade to close those markets as a matter of urgency."

 

On other matters, Japan failed to persuade the Committee that its hunting of Sei whales in international waters – the meat of which is sold in Japanese markets - is primarily for scientific purposes end eligible for exemption from normal CITES rules. This parallels the very long debate that has gone unresolved in at the International Whaling Commission and in the International Court of Justice over Japan's controversial "scientific" whaling.

The Secretariat will seek to visit Japan and a final decision will be taken at the next meeting of the Standing Committee in October 2018.

 

Aimee Leslie, WWF's cetacean expert said:

"This is the last chance for Japan. "We call on Japan to end this take forthwith, as we share the prevailing view that it is in breach of CITES rules."

 

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Lianne Mason | WWF International | Media Manager | lmason@wwfint.org | +65 9100 2437

 

About WWF

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IISD/ENB @ CITES SC69 | 1 Dec 2017 | Geneva, CH | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 12:36
On Friday, 1 December 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 69th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which runs from 27 November to 1 December 2017, from Geneva, Switzerland

Highlighting the importance of standards on World Aids Day

News from ISO - 1. December 2017 - 11:33
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to show support for people living with HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s also a day to raise awareness about condom safety.

New edition of ISO/IEC 17025 just published

News from ISO - 1. December 2017 - 11:05
The most popular standard for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories has just been updated, taking into account the latest changes in laboratory environment and work practices.

IISD/ENB+ @ 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 29 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 10:57
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), from 27 to 30 November 2017, from Washington, DC, US

Rapport du ENB | CCNLRP-3 | 30 novembre 2017 | Montréal, Canada | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 9:45
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème réunion du Comité à composition non limitée des représentants permanents à l’ONU Environnement (CCNLRP-3), qui aura lieu du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

IISD/ENB @ ITTC-53 | 30 Nov | Lima, PE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 5:44
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, from 27 November to 2 December 2017, from Lima, Peru

IISD/ENB+ @ 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 29 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 4:13
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), from 27 to 30 November 2017, from Washington, DC, US

IISD/ENB @ OECPR 3 & UNEA-3 | 30 Nov 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 1. December 2017 - 3:33
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is covering the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment (OECPR-3), from 29 November to 1 December 2017, and the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), from 4 to 6 December 2017, from the UN Environment Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya

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