Announcement / Statement

Conservation Commons Prepares Draft on Barriers to Biodiversity Data Sharing [viewed]

Conservation Commons17 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to provide their views and comments on a draft document reviewing barriers to the sharing of biodiversity data and information, with recommendations for eliminating the barriers. Feedback received by 25 March 2012 will be taken into account when finalizing the document.

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Atlantic Seamount First Addition to CBD EBSAs Repository [viewed]

CBD17 February 2012: The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean, has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Braulio Dias Begins Tenure as CBD Executive Secretary [viewed]

CBD15 February 2012: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias has begun his tenure as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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CEPA Fair Announced for CBD COP 11, Showcase Submissions Invited [viewed]

CBD15 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced that the third Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair will take place on the margins of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD. The Fair will include two components: exhibition of materials for the UN Decade on Biodiversity; and side events focusing on CEPA as a tool in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the UN Decade on Biodiversity.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources [viewed]

CBD10 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited governments and relevant organizations to nominate experts to serve on a regionally balanced, high-level panel to guide a global assessment of the resources required to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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CBD to Launch Online Forum on Biosafety Capacity-Building [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2012: The Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) will open an online forum on strategic approaches to capacity-building for biosafety and on the comprehensive review of the Capacity-building Action Plan under the Protocol. The forum will be open from 20 February-4 May 2012, on the BCH website.

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SOS Fund Announces Support for 23 Species Conservation Initiatives [viewed]

9 February 2012: The Save our Species (SOS) fund, initiated by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has finalized the selection of 23 species conservation projects, to be conducted by 19 different organizations, to which it will allocate US$3.3 million. Of the species to be addressed, four are located in Latin America, nine in Africa, and 14 in Asia.

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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CITES to Collaborate on Innovative Financing for Conservation [viewed]

CITES9 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Innovative Finance, a Swiss foundation dedicated to financial innovation for social impact, have announced a collaboration to develop new revenue streams for conservation projects, through a portfolio of financing activities with industry and financial partners.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 92 Signatures, Two Ratifications [viewed]

CBD3 February 2012: 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 92, following recent signatures by Australia, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Moldova, Senegal, Thailand and Ukraine.

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