Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CITES Task Force Addresses Poaching of Elephant and Rhino Ivory [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Ivory and Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Gigiri, Kenya, from 17-19 May 2011, to discuss urgent actions against crimes targeting elephants and rhinos.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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Ramsar Signs Cooperation Agreement with Partner Organizations [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for 2011-2017 with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs).

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CBD Announces TEMATEA Tool on Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), has announced the launch of a web-based tool to support the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, based on the TEMATEA platform.

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South African National Biodiversity Institute Joins CBD Consortium of Scientific Partners [viewed]

20 May 2011: The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has joined the Consortium of Scientific Partners of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), thus becoming its 16th member and the first from Africa.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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Event: UNECE Workshop on Forests and Water in Drylands: A Virtuous Cycle [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is convening a Workshop on "Forests and Water in Drylands: A Virtuous Cycle," which will offer an information exchange from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. The workshop will bring together countries and stakeholders from the whole Mediterranean and Central Asia to discuss the nexus forests and water and drylands, with the aim to: discuss the functions of the forests in drylands, their specific relationship to water management, as well as challenges; identify possible solutions, such as trade-offs between water use by trees in drylands, with decreased run-off and water availability for other land uses, and the environmental services and goods provided by forests and other wooded lands; exchange experience on forest and water management tools and policies that enhance both forests and water, including on management and adaptation measures under climate change; discuss case studies of integrated management of forests and water in drylands; explore the potential and challenges of existing or future use of payments for ecosystems services in this area; and identify areas of gaps and future work on forests and water in drylands. The workshop is organized by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the UNECE Water Convention secretariat, in close cooperation with the Forestry and Timber Section of UNECE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the FAO Forest Conservation Team and the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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Pacific Holds Post-CBD COP 10 Review [viewed]

20 May 2011: A meeting to follow up on the 10th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 16-20 May 2011, on the theme of "Implementing the Nagoya Outcomes: Review and Planning Meeting."

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CBD Secretariat Announces Participants for Meeting of Local Community Representatives [viewed]

17 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced the selection of participants for the ad hoc expert group meeting of local community representatives, to be held from 14-16 July 2011, in Montreal, Canada.

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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