CBD

UNESCO Launches Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched its Biodiversity Initiative, an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to address, in a holistic and integrated manner, all aspects related to the conservation and sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity from the perspective of UNESCO's mandate, programmes and activities. The Initiative was launched at a side event held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, and hosted by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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GLISPA Progress Update Highlights Regional Challenges, Green Growth, Debt Swaps [viewed]

October 2011: The September-October 2011 issue of the Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) Progress Update highlights outcomes of the Caribbean Challenge Planning Meeting, a briefing on Debt Swaps for Adaptation, the Hawai'i Green Growth Initiative and Micronesia Challenge. It also notes GLISPA's efforts at upcoming international conferences to raise attention for island initiatives.

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Working Group on 8j Adopts Eight Recommendations [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations and made progress on additional issues. It faced difficulties, however, addressing three key topics, and did not tackle the issue of revising the CBD terminology from "indigenous and local communities" (ILCs) to “indigenous peoples and local communities” and implications for the Convention's work.

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CBD Conducting Survey on Island Biodiversity PoW [viewed]

CBDNovember 2011: In preparation for the in-depth review of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity (PoWIB), a questionnaire survey is being conducted to contribute to a pre-session document, to be tabled at the 16th meeting of the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16), in May 2012.

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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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CBD Releases Report of Biosafety Compliance Committee [viewed]

CBDOctober 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the eighth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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CBD's Bushmeat Report Advocates New Management and Enforcement Models [viewed]

CBDOctober 2011: A report prepared for the Bushmeat Liaison Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) concludes that resolving the crisis in harvesting bushmeat is possible if governments combine new management models, including community-based management, game ranching and hunting tourism, with new mechanisms for monitoring and law enforcement.

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Abstracts Available of SBSTTA 15 Posters on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

October 2011: In view of the 15th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat has published a report containing the abstracts of posters to be presented, with focus on the contribution of ecosystem restoration to the objectives of the CBD and a healthy planet for all.

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CBD Calls for Views on Integration of Biodiversity into Climate-Change-Related Activities [viewed]

CBD25 October 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited CBD parties to submit views and case studies on the integration of biodiversity into climate-change-related activities, to be compiled for submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through reporting on the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP), and other relevant means.

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