Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Event: CMS Expert Meeting on EBSAs [viewed]

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene an Expert Meeting on the Future of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) from 22-24 February 2016.  

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Ramsar Convention Turns 45 as Diverse Events Mark World Wetlands Day 2016 [viewed]

ramsar_wwd2 February 2016: World Wetlands Day 2016 was marked by more than 800 events addressing the theme of ‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.' In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the global observance event took place in the historic city of Isfahan, Iran.

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Event: Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions [viewed]

This workshop will feature discussions of thematic areas for enhanced synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions on: the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi targets and national biodiversity strategies and action plans; institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms; information and knowledge management; national reporting, monitoring and indicators; communication and awareness-raising; science-policy interface; capacity building; and resource mobilization and utilization.  

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert group meeting will address the views submitted on the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism under Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing. It will consider a study on the experiences gained with the development and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and other multilateral mechanisms, and the potential relevance of ongoing work undertaken by other processes.  

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Addresses Growing Demands for Biodiversity Information [viewed]

bip1 February 2016: During its annual meeting, the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) discussed, among other issues, how to respond to growing demands for biodiversity information and monitoring arising from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), assessments under the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and other international and national processes.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Documents on Access to Information in the Context of LMOs/GMOs [viewed]

CBD27 January 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available two documents aiming to support implementation of Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety relating to public awareness and participation and the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the context of living modified organisms (LMOs)/genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory [viewed]

cites_srilanka26 January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace.

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CBD Forum to Support Information Sharing on Invasive Alien Species Control [viewed]

CBD20 January 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has established an online forum to support the sharing of technical and scientific information and ideas to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 on invasive alien species (IAS).

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European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal [viewed]

timbertradeporta14 January 2016: With support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the European Timber Trade Federation has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in timber. The platform is focused primarily on tropical species.

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