Announcement / Statement

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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IUCN Declares West African Black Rhino Extinct [viewed]

10 November 2011: In the face of the extinction of the West African population of Black Rhinoceros, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has called for a more assertive multilateral approach to prosecute the organized crime groups behind illegal trade in rhino horns.

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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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CBD Seeks Peer Review of Guidelines on Marine, Coastal Biodiversity in EIAs and SEAs [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) circulated for peer review the draft voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) in marine and coastal areas.

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UNEP Tree Campaign Reaches 12 Billion Milestone [viewed]

8 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that over 12 billion trees have been planted in 193 countries under the Billion Tree Campaign. The milestone was reached following a tree planting campaign carried out in Kenya by the Green Africa Foundation, which has planted over 24 million trees to date.

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UNESCO Launches 40th Anniversary Celebrations of World Heritage Convention [viewed]

7 November 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has launched the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. She underlined the importance of involving communities in heritage preservation, recalling that the anniversary's theme is "World Heritage and Sustainable Development the Role of Local Communities." 

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CITES SG Highlights Potential Benefits with GEF as Convention's Financial Mechanism [viewed]

CITES8 November 2011: In a statement during the 41st meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), highlighted benefits that could result if the GEF were the Convention's financial mechanism.

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CPF Highlights Role of Forests for Bioenergy [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a statement on the role of forests in coping with future demands for bioenergy, improving environmental quality and increasing economic opportunities.

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IPBES Work Programme Available for Comment, Intersessional Deadlines Set [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued its revised work programme for comment, and announced additional dates related to the intersessional process for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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CBD Invites Submission of Materials on Guidance on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBD31 October 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting submissions of background materials relevant to the Guidance on Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to be considered by the ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) on risk assessment.

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