Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings [viewed]

FAO CITES9 April 2014: The 'Regional Consultative Workshop on Capacity Assessments for the Implementation of New CITES Listings of Sharks and Manta Rays' brought together fisheries authorities from ten States and concluded with the adoption of the Casablanca Declaration. The Declaration presents a road map for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listings of sharks and manta rays that were adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) in March 2013. 

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UEBT Survey Says Consumers Want Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

UEBT8 April 2014: According to the 2014 Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer, while 87% of consumers surveyed worldwide want companies to adopt sourcing policies that respect biodiversity, only 27% of the top 100 beauty and personal care companies cite biodiversity on their websites or in their corporate sociability reports. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, highlighted that 84% of respondents place value on personally contributing to biodiversity conservation. 

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CITES and Madagascar Call for Support to Stop Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

CITES4 April 2014: Following a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Madagascar are calling for the halt of  illegal trade in timber from Madagascar, namely rosewood, palisander and ebony. 

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Event: CBD High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources and Latin America Workshop on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the third meeting of the second phase of the High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be held from 14-15 April 2014. This High-level Panel was constituted in 2013, with 15 expert members from all regions, with a mandate to assess the benefits of meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by examining both the positive impacts on biodiversity directly and the wider benefits to society that result from the investments and policy developments required. The meeting will be followed by the regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on resource mobilization, to be held from 15-17 April. The workshop is organized by the CBD Secretariat in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its immediate objective and output is to support the development, in accordance with national circumstances, of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Earth Observation for Biodiversity Monitoring [viewed]

cbd-technical-studyApril 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a technical study that shows how Earth observation technologies can and should fit into systems for biodiversity monitoring. The report is intended as a resource for Earth observation specialists, biodiversity scientists and policy makers, and aims at creating common ground and initiating further dialogue.

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Indonesia Donates to ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 April 2014: Indonesia has become the first developing country to make a voluntary financial contribution into the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). 

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WIPO IGC Refines Draft Articles on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Wipo4 April 2014: Following two weeks of text-based negotiations, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revised and forwarded to the WIPO General Assembly two sets of draft articles on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. These drafts, along with the draft on intellectual property and genetic resources forwarded by the IGC in February 2014, could form the basis of one or more international legal instruments.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Input on Sustainable Use, Global Information System [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has invited parties to submit information on the sustainable use of, and the Global Information System on, plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

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