Invasive Alien Species

Event: First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

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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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UN Releases First World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse 2016 Programs of Work, Admit Brunei Darussalam [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative15 December 2015: Participants at the 11th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-11) agreed on a number of decisions, including on the admission of Brunei Darussalam as a CTI-CFF member, a report on activities of the CTI-CFF since SOM-10 and the 2016 budget.

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IAEG-SDGs Calls for Input on "Grey" Indicators [viewed]

iaeg-sdg9 December 2015: The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is holding a consultation on the approximately 70 proposed indicators coded as "grey," where the Group does not yet have consensus. The online consultation, open from 9-15 December 2015, seeks input from non-IAEG Member States, representatives of regional commissions and international and regional agencies, and stakeholders from academia, civil society and the private sector.

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Ballast Water Management Convention Nears Entry into Force [viewed]

IMONovember 2015: Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco have ratified the Ballast Water Management Convention, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), bringing the total number of ratifications to 47 States. The Convention aims to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species through ships' ballast water by requiring ships to have procedures and standards in place to manage and control ballast water.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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CBD AHTEG Report Proposes Operational Definition of Synthetic Biology [viewed]

CBD10 November 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Synthetic Biology. The report considers, among other issues, potential benefits and adverse impacts of organisms that are products of synthetic biology for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. The report contains a proposed operational definition of synthetic biology, an illustrative list of potential benefits and adverse impacts, and other AHTEG recommendations to the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP).

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Sustainable Ocean Summit Discusses Role of Ocean Industry in Blue Economy, SDGs [viewed]

World Ocean Council (WOC)11 November 2015: The World Ocean Council's (WOC) Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) discussed the achievement of a sustainable ocean economy and responsible business opportunities in a blue economy. It also focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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EC Publishes Mid-Term Review of Biodiversity Strategy [viewed]

EU flag2 October 2015: The European Commission (EC) published the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, showing progress in many areas but highlighting the need for greater effort by States on implementation to achieve the primary objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. The review report was submitted to the European Parliament and Council on 2 October 2015.

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