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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BEIJING, October 25, Xinhua -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Sunday met with the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Inger Anderson and representatives who attended the first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance in Beijing.

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DURBAN, September 11, FAO -- The world's forests must be recognized as "more than trees", the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa, concluded today.

Instead, forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change.

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According to the Durban Declaration, sustainably managed forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change.

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UNITED NATIONS, August 3, Xinhua -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Monday hailed a "bold, ambitious and transformative sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years" hammered out among all 193 UN members and civil society to replace the retiring 15-year-old Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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FAO has been monitoring the world's forests at 5 to 10 year intervals since 1946.

highlight 10.23 FAO releases The Global Forest Resources Assessments 2015

Synthesis document: “How are the World’s Forest Changing?” The analysis of the main FRA variables is summarized in this document, which is structured by themes and variables. Analysis of the current situation and the trend are presented as well as the future outlook.

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