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UNESCO Implementing Mauritius Strategy


 1.  Climate change
 2.  Natural disasters
 3.  Waste Management
 4.  Coastal & marine resources
 5.  Freshwater resources
 6.  Land resources
 7.  Energy resources
 8.  Tourism resources
 9.  Biodiversity resources
10. Transport & communication
11. Science & technology
12. Graduation from LDC status
13. Trade
14. Capacity building & ESD
15. Production & consumption
16. Enabling environments
17. Health
18. Knowledge management
19. Culture
20. Implementation
UNESCO at Mauritius '05
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From Barbados'94 to Mauritius'05
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Biodiversity Resources: UNESCO's Role and Contribution (including activities since the International Mauritius Meeting of January 2005 and future activities)

UNESCO’s interest in biological diversity dates back to the early days of the Organization, under its first Director General, biologist Julian Huxley. Among the early activities was joining with the French Government and the Swiss League for Nature in the setting-up in 1948 of IUCN, the World Conservation Union.

In terms of island biodiversity, UNESCO’s continuing concern is rooted in two complementary international initiatives for the conservation of biological diversity: the Convention for the Protection of the World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Both the World Heritage List and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves contain relatively few sites in SIDS, and the coordinating bodies and secretariats for both initiatives have identified measures for redressing present under-representation and reinforcing activities in SIDS.

In addition to these two concepts and tools for promoting the in situ conservation of biological diversity, other activities include studies on marine living resources within the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (e.g. collaborative assessments of coral reefs, benthic fauna, harmful marine algae), work related to the educational and ethical dimensions of biodiversity, and issues at the interface of biological diversity and cultural diversity.

Biodiversity conservation in small islands has also been addressed in a range of activities within the Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI ) Platform. These include contributions to the discussion forums on Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Development (WiCoP) and Small Islands Voice (SIV) and field experience in such locations as the Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea, Thailand.

In these and other fields, collaborative activities are carried out in partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity and a range of international conventions, agreements and organizations.






Biodiversity Resources: Extract from the Mauritius Strategy - chapter IX (paras 55-59)
Archive - Biodiversity Resources

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