CBD

Event: CBD African Workshop on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

The purpose of this Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is to address various issues that countries in the region may have encountered or will encounter while updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), with a focus on target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs. In addition, the workshop will focus specifically on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity as an important tool for biodiversity mainstreaming.  

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ABS Protocol Reaches 67 Signatures, Gabon the First to Ratify [viewed]

CBD16 November 2011: The number of signatories to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 67, following signatures by Argentina, Benin and Djibouti. In addition, Gabon recently became the first country to ratify the Protocol.

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CBD Reports on African Meetings on Green Development Initiative [viewed]

CBD16 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) circulated information and a report prepared by Earthmind on behalf of the Green Development Initiative (GDI), containing the outcomes of two recent events held in Nairobi, Kenya - an African briefing, held on 11 October 2011, and the third expert meeting on the GDI, held from 9-11 October 2011.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Quarterly Report of Convention [viewed]

CBD16 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the 54th issue of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention, covering the period from 1 July-30 September 2011.

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UNESCO, CBD Launch UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

UNESCO14 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) launched the UN Decade on Biodiversity, which aims to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature.

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SBSTTA 15 Considers Indicators for Strategic Plan, Adopts Recommendations to COP [viewed]

11 November 2011: The 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) considered, among other items, a draft set of indicators for monitoring implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and measuring progress towards the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. SBSTTA 15 also adopted eight recommendations to be forwarded to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 11).

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CBD Releases Draft Study on Impacts of Climate-Related Geo-engineering on Biodiversity [viewed]

11 November 2011: Available for peer-review, a draft study circulated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) compiles and synthesizes available scientific information on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, including preliminary information on associated social, economic and cultural considerations. Comments are being accepted until 9 December 2011.

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Event: CBD Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Finance for Biodiversity [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Governments of Ecuador, Sweden, Norway and India, the intention of this dialogue seminar is to facilitate the further elaboration by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, and thereby facilitate implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. More specifically, the dialogue seminar will: explore opportunities related to an increase in the scale of finance; contribute to building understanding on these issues; and seek to clarify areas of convergence and of divergence. It will include keynote presentations, case studies and small group discussions.  

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Additional Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol Proposed [viewed]

8 November 2011: The UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has circulated a list of additional corrections to the French version of the original text of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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Report Available on International Symposium on COP 10 and COP-MOP 5 [viewed]

8 November 2011: The International Symposium on the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 5) focused on the significance of the new Protocols on biosafety and access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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