BEIJING, November 2, Xinhua -- President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande issued a joint statement on climate change in Beijing on Monday, vowing to promote a working program to accelerate pre-2020 efforts in mitigation, adaptation and support during the Paris climate summit.

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BEIJING, October 25 -- The first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance was held on 25 October 2015 in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. It was co-hosted by State Forestry Administration (SFA), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Beijing Municipal Government, and the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet).

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BEIJING, November 2 -- Zhang Jianlong, administrator of State Forestry Administration of China met with Max Sieben Baucus, U.S. Ambassador to China in Beijing on November 2, 2015.

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SYDNEY, October 30, Xinhua -- Increasing forest cover by up to 20 million hectares throughout the Asia Pacific by 2020, eradicating illegal logging and improving multilateral cooperation are among APEC's priorities for sustainable forestry practices.

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HONGKONG, October26, China Daily -- Hong Kong was named as a safe haven for smuggling illegal ivory due to a long standing loophole in its regulations, according to a report released on Friday by WildAid.

The conservation group based in the United States urged the SAR government to phase outdomestic ivory trading, as it has provided a cover for the ivory trafficking industry. This has prospered as the mainland economy has continued to grow over the years.

Hong Kong has outlawed imports of ivory since 1989. Domestic trade of registered ivory isallowed as long as it was imported before the ban was imposed. By then, the city was said to have a stock pile of 670 metric tons of ivory. Yet, 26 years after the ban, the total stock pile of ivory remains at around 117 tons.

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