Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Ocean Cleanup Testing Equipment to Remove Plastic Waste from Oceans [viewed]

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23 June 2016: The Government of the Netherlands has awarded €500,000 to Ocean Cleanup to support the test of a prototype of equipment designed to remove plastic debris from the oceans. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has highlighted this project as part of efforts to address plastic waste in the world's oceans.

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Event: Central and South America and the Caribbean/Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Pacific/Oceania Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Asia Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Meeting of the CBD Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness [viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA-IAC). The meeting will include a workshop, with the participation of additional external experts, to explore messaging approaches for specific target groups in the context of the different Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The outcomes of this workshop will be reported to the thirteenth meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the CBD.  

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Congo and Mali Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD23 June 2016: The Republic of the Congo (Congo) and Mail are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Their accession brings the total number of ratifications to 35. Five more ratifications are necessary for the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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UNEP-WCMC and SANBI Release Guide on Low-cost Biodiversity Mapping [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc23 June 2016: The UN Environment Program-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) have released a guide providing a practical, science-based approach to spatial biodiversity assessment and its prioritization meant to inform policy, strategy development and action planning.

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UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom22 June 2016: A joint project by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring ways to stem the rural-urban exodus in West Africa by developing sustainable alternatives for seasonal migration. Such migration was traditionally used as a coping mechanism in times of poor harvests or extreme drought, but is increasingly being replaced by more permanent relocation due to the cumulative impact of drought, land degradation and climate change on local livelihoods.

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Ramsar Convention Appoints Next Secretary General [viewed]

Ramsar16 June: The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee appointed Martha Rojas-Urrego as Secretary General to the Convention, taking over from outgoing Secretary General Christopher Briggs.

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