Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Event: Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration to Support Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is part of a series being organized with financial assistance from Japan, Germany, Canada and the Republic of Korea. Through the workshop, the Secretariat plans to offer capacity-building to Parties within an integrated and participatory approach to promote holistic planning and implementation at the landscape level. The workshop aims to offer support in: development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration; integration of these targets and plans into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and use of appropriate assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels. The Mesoamerican workshop will take place back-to-back with an Inter-Regional Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  

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UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.

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Japan Notifies on Inclusion of 18,000 Samples into ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2014: Japan has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) about the inclusion of almost 18,000 samples of crop and forages into the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researchers.

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CMS Siberian Crane MoU Marks 20th Anniversary [viewed]

CMS30 July 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Siberian Crane Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU was the first to be developed under the auspices of CMS.

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Event: Fourth High-Level Round Table on the ITPGR [viewed]

Titled 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security,' the Fourth High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will take place on the occasion of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Summit. It aims to facilitate high-level discussion of how monetary and non-monetary benefits generated from the utilization of plant germplasm under the Treaty can support agricultural innovation for breeding climate-smart seeds; discuss how to address climate change impacts on food crops through Treaty systems; and showcase the value of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund and its projects for climate adaptation of food crops.  

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CMS Releases Logo for COP 11 [viewed]

cms-cop1129 July 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released the logo designed for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CMS, which will convene in Quito, Ecuador, from 4-9 November 2014.

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ICLEI Canada and Toronto and Region Conservation Launch 'biodiverCities' [viewed]

iclei-canadaJuly 2014: ICLEI Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation have launched ‘biodiverCities: A Primer on Nature in Cities,' which focuses on the role of biodiversity in building more sustainable cities.

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing will continue considering measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund, and additional measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS. The meeting will be preceded by regional and inter-regional consultations, to be held on 8 December 2014.  

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Event: Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 [viewed]

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) will be held during the second week of CBD COP-12. It will address, among other issues, the ABS clearing-house, compliance, capacity building and awareness-raising, and the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.  

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CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal [viewed]

CBD25 July 2014: Biodiversity and ecosystems are included throughout the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD describes the OWG's final outcome as “extremely positive from the perspective of the CBD and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” noting the agreement sets the stage for better links between the implementation of the CBD's agenda and the post-2015 development agenda.

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