CBD

Geneva Hosts Launch of UN Decade on Biodiversity for Europe [viewed]

UN Decade on BiodiversityAugust 2011: The official launch of the UN Decade on Biodiversity for Europe was held on 18 August 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the 61st meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Event: 12th Meeting of the GTI Coordination Mechanism [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the 12th meeting of the Coordination Mechanism of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) has the mandate to prepare for the coordination of regional and global actions to implement the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, taking into account identified needs and priorities in taxonomy.  

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CBD Launches Preparation of Global City and Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

CBD16 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Stockholm University through the Stockholm Resilience Centre have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the preparation of the first edition of the Global City and Biodiversity Outlook, to be submitted to the second Summit on Cities and Biodiversity.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Quarterly Report of Convention [viewed]

CBD16 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the 53rd issue of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention, covering the period from 1 April-30 June 2011.

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Event: Asia Sub-regional Training of Trainers' Workshop on the Identification and Documentation of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will introduce participants to the requirements of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety regarding the identification and documentation of living modified organisms (LMOs), and to the techniques and methodologies that may be used to ensure the implementation of these requirements. Countries from the Asian region that are parties to the Protocol are asked to submit nominations for participants by 14 October 2011.  

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Event: Anglophone Africa Training Course on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this training course will enable participants to: learn about risk assessment in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and review the general concepts, principles and methodologies; understand the framework in which the risk assessment is conducted, the mandate of a risk assessor and how to establish an interdisciplinary team in the context of risk assessment; understand the need for and use of baseline information in a risk assessment; review the format and key elements of risk assessment reports/dossiers and risk assessment summaries; develop skills in using and interpreting existing information, as well as identifing and addressing information gaps; and test the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). Anglophone African countries that are parties to the protocol are asked to submit their nominations by 31 October 2011.  

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Event: Asia and Pacific Regional Workshop on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety aims to raise awareness and understanding about the Supplementary Protocol and to identify the needs and requirements of parties to the Cartagena Protocol with a view to expediting the early entry into force and implementation of the Supplementary Protocol. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to consider issues related to the implementation of other decisions of the fifth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol, in particular with regard to the second national report and the Protocol's strategic plan. Countries from the Asia-Pacific Region that are parties to the Protocol are asked to submit their nominations for participants by 14 October 2011.  

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CBD Holds Meeting on Implementation of Cities Plan of Action [viewed]

CBD15 September 2011: The second meeting on the implementation of the plan of action on sub-national governments and other local authorities on biodiversity 2011-2020, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), discussed, among other issues, opportunities for stakeholders to collaborate on the implementation of the plan of action, and a road map and preparations towards the second summit on local authorities and biodiversity.

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CBD June Bulletin Highlights Meetings on ABS, NBSAPs, Biosafety [viewed]

CBD12 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for June 2011, which includes reports on, among others, the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), and regional workshops on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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CBD Circulates Meeting Report, Draft Toolkit on Global Strategy for Plant Conservation [viewed]

CBD9 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the report of the fourth meeting of the Liaison Group on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, held from 8-9 July 2011, in St. Louis, United States, as well as the draft toolkit for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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