Announcement / Statement

Expert Workshop Discusses Means to Achieve Aichi Targets [viewed]

cbd-sbstta14 October 2013: The Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 discussed ways in which the collection of, access to, and the use of biodiversity data and observations can be enhanced to support evidence-based decision making and planning with a view to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets.

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Global Soil Partnership Places Call for Experts [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership14 October 2013: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secretariat has placed a call for experts to join working groups developing Plans of Action for the GSP Pillars.

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Guest Article #28: Breaking the Isolation: How a Landscape Approach Can Help Boost Investments for the UNCCD [viewed]

As we edge ever closer to a post-2015 development era, the time is ripe to step up integrated, landscape-based solutions to tackle the triple challenge of climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation.

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Angola Joins CITES as 179th Party [viewed]

CITES9 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that the Republic of Angola has joined the Convention as its 179th Party. 

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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Regional Economic Integration Organizations Can Now Accede to CITES [viewed]

CITES3 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an amendment to the Convention will enter into force allowing regional economic integration organizations to accede to the Convention. The amendment, known as the 'Gaborone amendment,' was adopted in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 years ago, on 30 April 1983. 

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ABS Protocol Reaches 25 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 October 2013: With seven recent ratifications, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has reached 25 ratifications and is halfway to entry into force. Bhutan, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia and Norway ratified the Nagoya Protocol during the UN Treaty Event, held from 24-26 September and 30 September - 1 October 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. They were preceded by Honduras and Tajikistan, which ratified in 12 August and 4 September 2013, respectively.

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Planning Underway for UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

UNCCD logo27 September 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the lead consortium of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference.

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ITPGR Receives First Batch of Premium Plant Varieties from Private Plant Breeders [viewed]

ITPGR25 September 2013: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has received a first batch of 216 protected commercial plant varieties from the German Plant Breeders Association.

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