Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Secretariat Initiates Preparations for Working Group on Article 8(j) [viewed]

CBD5 February 2015: In preparation for the ninth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) and related provisions, tentatively planned for November 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification calling for input from Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations on several items, including on repatriation of traditional knowledge, prior informed consent (PIC), and fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of traditional knowledge.

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Event: Inception Meeting of the Working Group for the Development of a Methodology for Voluntary Peer-Review of CBD Implementation [viewed]

The Working Group will meet for the first time to develop a methodology for the voluntary peer-review of the implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Interlaken+10 Draws Lessons from Progress in Forest Governance [viewed]

interlaken106 February 2015: In support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine organized a country-led initiative focusing on forest governance and decentralization, taking stock of progress since the first Interlaken meeting, which convened in 2004.

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Lebanon Joins CMS Raptors MoU [viewed]

CMS28 January 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Lebanon signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

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CBD Publishes Press Briefs on Wetlands [viewed]

CBD2 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, published a series of press briefs focusing on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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Paper Explores Payments for Ecosystem Services to Tackle Land Degradation in Drylands [viewed]

eldJanuary 2015: With carefully designed policy support, economic instruments can help to reorient degraded rangelands towards more sustainable land management. This is one of the conclusions of an article published in the Journal of Environmental Management, based on a case study of land degradation in the Kalahari rangelands of southwest Botswana that was funded by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative.

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FAO Releases Software for Identifying Shark Species from Fins [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Vigo, Spain, have developed an interactive software for identifying shark species from the shape of their fins. iSharkFin identifies species commonly seen in international trade, including those listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices.

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CITES Workshop Addresses Illegal Ivory Trade, Speculation [viewed]

cites28 January 2015: An expert workshop brought together experts and specialists to discuss demand-side strategies for addressing illegal ivory trade in China, and increase their awareness of the negative consequences of ivory speculation. The workshop was co-organized by China and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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