Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Pacific Island States Prepare for Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

SPREP8 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) held a training workshop, titled 'Mutually Agreed Terms: Contracts for Making Access and Benefit Sharing Possible,' to prepare Pacific Island States for the upcoming implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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Event: Regional Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pacific Region on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use under the CBD [viewed]

At this workshop, participants will consider, among other items: the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; participation of indigenous and local communities (ILCs) in the work of the Convention; Articles 8(j) (traditional knowledge), 10(c) (customary sustainable use) and related provisions, and current work in preparation for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12); the Joint Programme of Work between the CBD Secretariat and the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Biological and Cultural Diversity and ILCs; and ILCs and the Nagoya Protocol.  

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Event: Inter-Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with financial support from Japan. Through the inter-regional workshop, the CBD and UNEP-WCMC aim to explore the synergies between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and objectives of REDD+ to develop a coherent approach to landscape planning processes. The workshop aims to support Parties in: increasing coordination between REDD+ and CBD focal points through sharing experiences and knowledge; integrating REDD+ actions into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies; and demonstrating the appropriate data gathering processes, assessments, policies and other planning tools for implementing a coherent approach to REDD+ and NBSAPs. The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 'Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration.'  

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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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