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I write this on World Elephant Day as another busy week comes to an end. It began with news from Viet Nam, where our latest efforts to promote the FairWild Standard to secure sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal and aromatic plant species were boosted through an event where 30 trainers were themselves trained in use of the Standard: they will, in turn, pass the training on to local harvesters so the message is amplified across Bac Kan province. Please watch this short video to learn more about our work in this region.



The following day, TRAFFIC released its Recommendations on each of the Proposals put forward by CITES Parties ahead of next month's Conference of the Parties. These Recommendations use as their foundation the IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses, which provide background information underpinning TRAFFIC’s advice. Our aim is that the best available information and guidance helps ensure the decisions taken by government representatives at CITES are in the best conservation interests of the species concerned.


From Africa, a report was received on Uganda's first Wildlife Trafficking Stakeholder Workshop.  Hosted by the U.S. Mission Uganda in partnership with TRAFFIC and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the two-day workshop’s goals were to assess the trends of transnational wildlife crime in Uganda and set priority actions for combating wildlife trafficking at a national level.


The scale of the largely illegal wild bird trade in Indonesia was once again highlighted following TRAFFIC's market surveys, this time in markets in Central and East Java. There are already reports of a number of once common species now becoming rare or entirely disappearing across large parts of their ranges: clearly government action to enforce existing legislation to protect many of these species is just one of several priority actions that need urgently to be taken. 



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WWF: Rainforest deforestation more than doubled under cover of coronavirus -DW

Tropical rainforests shrank by 6,500 square kilometers in March — an area seven times the size of Berlin. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the pandemic and the unemployed are getting desperate, the WWF said.

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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

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Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

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ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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