Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

WIPO IGC Expected to Continue Work on Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Cultural Expressions [viewed]

28 July 2011: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed to recommend that the WIPO General Assembly renew its mandate for the 2012-2013 biennium.

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CBD Secretariat Initiates Preparations for SBSTTA-15, Article 8(j) Meeting [viewed]

28 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has opened the online registration system and the side events registration system for the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions and the 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-15).

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UN Decades on Biodiversity and Desertification Launched in Africa and South America [viewed]

July 2011: The regional launch for Africa of the UN Decade on Biodiversity was celebrated at the offices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in conjunction with observance of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification. The African launch was preceded by the celebration of the UN Decade on Biodiversity in South America.

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Guest Article #4: Forests Plus: Looking outside the box [viewed]

Can you picture life without forests? Within their branches and trunks, forests record the history of life on earth. Forests can be seen as a mirror of evolving human needs, dynamic and ever-changing. They have the unique ability to sustain and revitalize us – through a multitude of services from food and shelter to biodiversity and clean water.

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UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20111 August 2011: In July, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values. The timeline for nominations to the programme has now been updated. 

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EUROBATS Announces Bat Conservation Initiative [viewed]

1 August 2011: The Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS), which was concluded under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), has announced a project to support conservation efforts for one of Europe's most endangered bat species, the Greater Horseshoe Bat, as part of the Year of the Bat.

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CBD Releases Reports of Regional Workshops on Liability and Redress [viewed]

1 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the reports of two regional workshops on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change."

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Mexico Designates 122nd and 123rd Ramsar Sites [viewed]

27 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Mexico has designated El Jagüey, in "Buenavista de Peñuelas," and Lago de Chapala as Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar Sites to 123, the second highest number in any country.

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US Designates 30th Ramsar Site [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United States has named the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge as its 30th Ramsar Site.

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